6 Jan 2014

PNG's Bougainville MPs get grants doubled

5:55 am on 6 January 2014

MPs in Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville government are to get 100 percent increases in their electoral grants.

In the just passed 2014 budget, the 40 Bougainville MPs will get 77,000 US dollars each to spend on projects in their electorates.

New Dawn FM reports MPs as saying they frequently come under pressure in their seats to deliver some small projects during their term of office.

Electoral grants, which also made available in other parts of Melanesia, are often called slush funds and watchdog groups repeatedly raise concerns about the lack of transparency in their acquittal.