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TIPNG welcomes decision on nomination fees

Date Posted: 07.04.2017

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) welcomes the Government's decision to shelve the K10,000 nomination fee proposal. "We objected to this proposal as soon as it was suggested", said TIPNG Chairman, Mr Lawrence Stephens. "It was clearly disrespectful of the intentions of our constitution". This decision may comes as a relief to some intending candidates but far more importantly it is a relief to those demanding greater official respect for the laws of this country and the constitutional rights of its citizens. TIPNG stressed that public office in PNG must not be available only to those with cash. "The right to contest for public office is enshrined in Section 50 of PNG's Constitution and should be protected so as to ensure equal participation in our democracy," said TIPNG Chairman, Mr Lawrence Stephens. "We must encourage our people to consider volunteering for public office. We most certainly should not penalize them with exorbitant nomination fees," he added. As the election period is fast approaching, TIPNG appeals to intending candidates and political parties to consider anti-corruption and good governance as an integral part of their development policies, and for all eligible voters to vote wisely. Ends...///

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