15 May 2012

PNG parliament to hold pre-election one-day sitting

2:01 pm on 15 May 2012

The Papua New Guinea parliament is holding a special one day meeting today amid continuing uncertainty that the elections set for June will go ahead on time.

The writs for the election are due to be issued by the governor general on Friday.

There are still concerns that some MPs might push for the election to be delayed but the prime minister Peter O'Neill has been adamant that the poll will go ahead on time.

Last week, Mr O'Neill also dismissed reports that some members of his coalition were planning to stage a vote of no confidence today to remove him, extend parliament and delay the election.

The National newspaper reports the leader of government business, Moses Maladina saying the final session is to formally close parliament and to give MPs a chance to make final statements.

He said parliament would also deal with outstanding legislation which needs to be passed including the Women Against Violence Bill.

Mr Maladina told the paper that everything is on target and schedule for the country to go to elections and that it is not in the interests of the nation to defer the poll.

Meanwhile our correspondent reports that there is a high police presence in Port Moresby with a number of road blocks set up and staffed by armed officers.