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TIPNG Newsletter April – June 2018

Its been yet another busy but exciting quarter of the year.

We welcome our new Board of Directors and sincerely thank all the families, organizations, schools and individuals that took part in the Walk Against Corruption that was held in Port Moresby, Goroka and Lae.

We continue to focus on our mission to inform, educate and empower all Papua New Guineans to take action against corruption through the various programs that we run.

We thank you for your commitment to our cause and please get in touch with us if you need information about our projects.

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Deferral of LLG Elections unconstitutional and will disrupt delivery of basic services to local communities.

Port Moresby 27/07/18 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) believes the decision by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to defer the Local Level Government (LLG) elections to 2019 unconstitutional and an assault on Democracy in Papua New Guinea.

“The justification that funds set aside for the conduct of the LLG Election need to be used for settling outstanding allowances to Councilors is deplorable. It indicates that it is the Government’s view that Constitutional Rights can be violated on the basis of poor fiscal management by state agencies,” said Chairman of TIPNG, Mr Lawrence Stephens . 

Deferral of the LLG elections is a complete breach of statutory and constitutional responsibilities and not consistent with the leadership that the people of Papua New Guinea deserve. The spirit of the constitution according to Section 34 of the Organic Law on the Provincial and Local Level Government is that the National and LLG elections should have concurrent terms. Financial matters as outstanding allowances, is an administrative issue and shouldn’t be used as an excuse by the government for the delay.

TIPNG is seriously concerned that such a move to defer the LLG Elections sets another bad precedent with disregard for the law being practice with impunity. The move also denies the people of Papua New Guinea the chance to exercise their democratic right to periodically elect their local level governments.

The delivery of basic government services to local communities will be disrupted and ordinary citizens will suffer the most if the LLG elections are pushed to April 2019.

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Integrity is a cure for Corruption: 2018 Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption

Port Moresby, 10  June 2018  – Over 150 organizations including schools have registered to participate in the 12th Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption (SASWAC) in Port Moresby.

The Walk was also held in Goroka and Lae on Friday 8/6/18  and Saturday 9/8/17 respectively.

The theme of this year’s Walk Against Corruption is “Walk for Integrity”.  Integrity is the quality of possessing high ethical principles or professional standards and keeping those standards consistent throughout all areas of your life – at work, school, church and at home. Having integrity means being true to yourself and not doing anything to disrespect yourself. Integrity can be summed up as doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Lack of integrity leads to corruption. integrity is a cure to corruption – if people always acted with integrity there would be no corruption. There would be no need to eradicate this  global systemic and systematic problem. Integrity is something that must be commitment by an individual; it must be inherent if it isn’t inherent, then it must be learned. Parents and society have a responsibility to live by the values that they espouse, and be strong and positive role models for the young.

Papua New Guinea is going through a challenging time with a shrinking civil space. The most pressing for the nation is the chipping away of civil liberties enshrined within the national constitution. The struggles of fighting corruption and enduring corruption are made worse by the forces restricting civil space and the ability for citizens to participate in nation building.

Exposing corruption takes a great deal of integrity and courage.  Both citizens and the media play an important monitoring role and this role needs to be done without fear or intimidation. If corrupt acts are exposed in the media and people are shamed or even face prosecution, it makes others think twice before doing the same thing

The battle for integrity remains to be won.  A battle that has to be won preferably first in homes and in schools, and then re-fought again and again on the wider grown-up stage in both the public and private sectors.

The Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption is TIPNGs major fundraising event. The purpose of the SASWAC is threefold: it creates greater awareness about corruption, secondly, it provides citizens an opportunity to peacefully demonstrate their opposition to corruption and thirdly and most importantly, it raises much needed funds for TIPNG. TIPNG hosts the Walk to raise money to sustain its operations.

This year 65 corporate teams, 17 civil society organization teams, 10 family teams and 73 school teams participated in the Port  Moresby Walk.  Total amount raised in Port Moresby  is approximately K147,900.

TIPNG acknowledges the support of various organizations and individuals that have shown their support by donating resources towards the event, the registered teams and organizations, the volunteers who have signed up to assist during the event.

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Keep the LPV system LPV is better for Papua New Guinean democracy than First-Past-The-Post system.

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is gravely concerned by a recent statement by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on the floor of Parliament, in response to questions by the Opposition. Mr. O’Neill proposed that the country should go back to the first-past-the-post system and abandon the Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) system used for the 2012 & 2017 National Parliamentary Elections.

“The LPV system has increased democratic mandate of elected leaders and any step back to first-past-the-post will risk diminishing the voices of the people of Papua New Guinea in our National Elections” said Chairman of TIPNG, Lawrence Stephens. “The voting system is a non-issue in comparison to other more pressing administrative challenges to ensuring the integrity of national elections that should represent the views of Papua New Guineans.”

Preferential Voting systems, like LPV, are seen to be more democratic than first-past-the-post as they allow voters the opportunity to spread their votes amongst multiple candidates with the winner of a majority of votes after elimination and redistribution of votes being quantitatively more representative – especially in electorates with many candidates. In PNG, LPV can give minority candidates a stronger chance to present themselves as potential representatives of communities beyond those of their immediate clans and language groups, allow voters to choose candidates outside of their immediate clans, and can reduce the impact of electoral fraud in an election.

“The PNGEC has stated that systems like LPV are seen to be more indicative or reflective of the will of voters” said Mr. Stephens in a statement to the media, “contrary to what has been announced on the floor of Parliament, multiple observer groups, such as the Commonwealth and TIPNG support the use of LPV and instead have been justifiably concerned about more pressing issues such as the updating of rolls, compliance with and enforcement of election laws, PNGEC procurement and financing, PNGEC personnel issues and security during the election periods – it is surprising that the leaders in Parliament seem not  to be prioritising and strengthening these areas. Let us do things in accordance with the laws of the country before complaining that they are not fit for purpose.”

TIPNG will be submitting its concerns to the CLRC and its calling all elected leaders and concerned citizens who believe that representative democracy  requires acceptance and enforcement of agreed rules rather than changing the rules to suit the wishes of individuals who are required to play by the rules established on behalf of the electorate which examines their offers to represent them.

The LPV system was adopted to benefit all voters, has not been as well administered as it should have been but should certainly not dumped by those who have failed to respect and support its rules and apparently wish to return us to a system which allowed MPs to be elected with as little as 10% of the votes of the electors in local and National Parliamentary Elections.

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Position Vacant: Communications Officer

The Communications Officer will work with the External Engagement team to ensure communication and engagement with external stakeholders.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the External Engagement Manager, the individual will:

  • Work with External Engagement Team to develop, implement and review an overall Annual Strategic Communications Plan that aligns with the Business plan and organizational strategic objectives;
  • Produce the Quarterly Newsletter on time;
  • Identify issues, especially from the media, on which TIPNG should comment on;
  • Draft press releases, letters to the editors of newspapers, etc. and submit to External Engagement Manager for approval;
  • Work with External Engagement team to plan and implement media and/or public awareness campaigns;
  • Produce publicity and educational materials in simple English, Tok Pisin and Motu;
  • Maintain and update the TIPNG website and social media platforms (Facebook & Twitter);
  • Multimedia and design;
  • Assist External Engagement team in managing and coordinating community and fundraising events, and deliver presentations when required.

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • A qualification in Media relations, journalism;
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience in designing and executing communication activities;
  • Ability to work in a team and to meet tight deadlines in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment ;
  • Very good mastering of English;
  • Knowledge of and experience with media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform via written, oral, and visual media;
  • Experience with communication/ creative agencies/ vendors will be added advantage;
  • Ability to communicate with people outside the organisation, representing the organisation to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail;
  • Ability to create new ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including creative contributions;
  • Proficient in use of computer applications related to the tasks;
  • Experience of working with local NGOs, private sector and government bodies would be an advantage.

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications to:

The Executive Director

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office –  Section 31 Lot 54 Lokua Avenue Boroko

Email to: offmantipng@gmail.com

For more information, call Tel: 323 7517

Applications close on Monday 4th June 2018

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Position Vacant: Membership & Events Officer

The Membership & Events Officer will work with the External Engagement team and raise funds for the organization through membership, donations, events and any other means.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the External Engagement Manager, the individual will:

  • Maintain membership database and record keeping for all members
  • Work in collaboration with key stakeholders and keep members informed about TIPNG activities
  • Working with Communications Officer to organize “lunch & learn” and membership drive/awareness within and outside of Port Moresby
  • Work with External Engagement Team in planning and implementing events such as the Bi-annual Exhibition, annual Corruption Perceptions Index and International Anti-Corruption Day
  • Coordinate the Walk Against Corruption
  • Track project expenditures and monitor and report progress

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • A qualification or 2-3 years experience in marketing, media or business;
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to produce concise and creative information materials to inspire new supporters while maintaining and developing relationships with existing supporters;
  • Ability to understand and generate budgets;
  • High standard of computer literacy in MS Excel;
  • Ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes;
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications to

The Executive Director

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Email: offmantipng@gmail.com

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office – Section 31 Lot 54 Lokua Avenue Boroko. | For more information, call Tel: 323 7517

Applications close on Monday 4th June 2018

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Vacancy: Policy & Advocacy Officer

TIPNG is looking for suitable applicants to fill this new and exciting position of a POLICY & ADVOCACY OFFICER

The Policy & Advocacy Officer will work with the Policy & Advocacy Team

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Policy & Advocacy Manager, the individual will:

  • Assist with logistics, preparation and administration for donor activities
  • Prepare reports for the Policy & Advocacy Team
  • Document Control
  • Assist with stakeholder engagement and maintain a database registry
  • Carry out desktop research

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • Must have a tertiary qualification in Politics, Economics, Journalism or similar
  • 2-3 years of experience in a similar role
  • Must demonstrate an ability to do effective analysis that has resulted in real-world change
  • Must possess a keen understanding of national and regional socio-economic trends
  • Must demonstrate the ability to contextualize and display information, both analogue and digital
  • Preferable that applicant has a driver’s license.

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications to:

The Executive Director

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office –  Section 31 Lot 54 Lokua Avenue Boroko

Email to: offmantipng@gmail.com

For more information, call Tel: 323 7517

Applications close on Monday 4th June 2018

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January – March 2018 Newsletter

Read more about our activities during the first quarter of this year here and  dont forget to follow us on Facebook. We thank our members for their support . We are forever in debt of their commitment and belief that corruption can be stopped.

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Deferral of LLG elections is unconstitutional Government knows when elections are due and should prepare adequately

Port Moresby, 1 May 2018 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has expressed great
concern on constitutionality of the reported deferral of the Local Level Government (LLG)
Elections to April 2019.

It is TIPNG’s view that the deferral of the LLG Elections is a breach of the Constitution.
Deferral of the LLG elections to hold them later is a complete denial of statutory and
constitutional responsibilities which is not consistent with the leadership that the people of
Papua New Guinea deserve.The spirit of the constitution is that National & Local Elections
should have concurrent terms.

TIPNG is seriously concerned that such a move to defer the LLG Elections sets a precedent and
denies the people of Papua New Guinea the chance to exercise their democratic right to
periodically elect their local level governments. Any dilution of this right, even if for pragmatic
reasons is unacceptable. The Government clearly knows when these elections are due and
should prepare adequately for it.

“If the deferral was sought by Parliament, we (TIPNG) request bodies such as the Ombudsman
Commission of PNG and Constitutional Law Reform Commission(CLRC) to protect our
constitutional rights by seeking a Supreme Court Reference, ” said Chairman of TIPNG, Mr
Lawrence Stephens.

TIPNG also calls on the Minister for Provincial & Local Level Government
Affairs to clarify the status of incumbent councillors & presidents and how development grants
will be disbursed given the reported status of LLG Election.

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Maru must act on Koloma to preserve Integrity of NSO & NID

Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) is calling on the
Minister for National Planning Richard Maru to take immediate steps to restore integrity of both the
multi-million National Identity (NID) Project and National Statistical Office (NSO) by suspending the
acting National Statistician Mr. RokoKoloma who is being investigated by the RPNGC Fraud Squad.

TIPNG has made this call after media reports that Mr. Koloma is being sought by the police in regards
to a discrepancy of more than K24m in the NSO accounts after the Department of Finance conducted an
audit investigation in 2017.

“To preserve the integrity of the NSO and the NID Project, the Minister for National Planning must
suspend Mr. Koloma until the Police have completed their investigations, citizens must not just turn a
blind eye at such vast sums of public monies disappearing” said Chairman of TIPNG Mr. Lawrence
Stephens.

“The NID is vital to safeguarding our democracy and the NSO is essential to measure the government’s
efforts in national development. They are both assets of the people of Papua New Guinea and should be
afforded the proper respect by the public servants employed as their caretakers,” said Mr Stephens.

TIPNG launched 3 campaigns for 2018, one of which called for there to be a full audit of the NID so as
to restore confidence before the Project was rolled out across the country. At the time the Deputy Prime
Minister, who is also the former National Planning Minister, said an independent audit committee would
be established by February to quell justifiable public concern, unfortunately there is no indication that
committee has been established.

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