400% Fee Hike For PNG Election Candidates

PM: revenue will offset a lack of funds for the Electoral Commission, Opposition: simply increasing barrier for entry

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 20, 2016) – Papua New Guinea's prime minister has announced that the nomination fee for candidates hoping to contest next year's election will be hiked by 400 percent.

Prospective candidates will now have to pay 10,000 kina (US$3154) to contest, instead of the previous rate of 2,000 kina (US$630).

Announcing the increase in parliament, Peter O'Neill said it was to offset a lack of funds for the Electoral Commission, which is struggling to prepare for next year's polls.

But the deputy opposition leader, Sam Basil, says increasing the fee will only give privilege to those who can afford to pay 10,000 kina and it will affect the rights of every citizen.

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