27 Oct 2006

PNG seminar hears of corruption in election polling

1:33 pm on 27 October 2006

A public seminar in Papua New Guinea on corruption in elections has been told the Limited Preferential Voting system has done little to stem corrupt electoral practices such as vote buying.

The Post Courier reports that National Research Institute fellow Albert Ayius said there were instances of Port Moresby voters attempting to give their "preferences" to candidates in exchange for cash during the recent by-election in the National Capital District.

Transparency International in PNG expressed similar concerns after the city poll, saying candidates had spent huge amounts of money for just 10 months in office as the NCD regional MP.

The Government introduced the LPV system in 2003, partly as an attempt to minimise abuse of power in polling.