29 May 2012

US urges PNG to adhere to constitution

4:58 pm on 29 May 2012

The United States Embassy in Papua New Guinea is calling on the country's politicians to respect the constitution and uphold democratic institutions.

In a statement, the Embassy says recent political developments underscore the need for the 2012 national elections to move forward as scheduled.

It says it hopes parliament's recommendation that states of emergency be declared in parts of the country will not disrupt the election campaign or the voting process.

The Embassy says the vote is a unique opportunity for Papua New Guineans to shape their country's future at a critical time in the nation's history.