10 Apr 2012

Hundreds gather at Port Moresby stadium over PNG election concerns

1:29 pm on 10 April 2012

Hundreds of people have gathered at a stadium in the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, to voice concerns over elections and a controversial new law to suspend judges.

Groups including civil society, students and unions held meetings over the weekend, concerned over a parliamentary vote in favour of deferring the election by six months.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby Titi Gabi says there has been an eery quietness in Port Moresby this morning as people including public servants and students made their way to the stadium and children stayed home from school.

She says the rally comes after a special meeting of the Peter O'Neill led cabinet yesterday which appeared to support elections going ahead on schedule.

"It's worth noting here that Belden Namah, the Deputy Prime Minister was not at that meeting and he is the one that's for the deferral. Although Peter O'Neill voted for it, he said I don't support it, so it's so muddled up, it's so confusing, but that's today's situation."

Our correspondent in PNG, Titi Gabi.

An official announcement on the elections is due in Parliament today.