6 Jun 2014

Calls for limits on no confidence votes in PNG

7:49 am on 6 June 2014

Papua New Guinea's Registrar of Political Parties wants tighter limits on votes of no confidence.

Dr Alphonse Gelu says his body is advocating an amendment that, in the event of a prime minister being voted out, the nominee for his or her replacement comes from the party that had been invited to form a government after the last election.

In most cases that would be the outgoing prime minister's party and has drawn criticism, with the Opposition saying that by cutting out the other parties, accountability is reduced.

But Dr Gelu says their concern is the impact on PNG of the years of political instability.

"From 1975 up to 2001 governments only survived in office for 2 and a half years and they spent all their time playing the numbers game. They forgot about what governments should do. So when we sat down to look at that particular situation we decided that one of the most important things for us to try to maintain - stability. And our target now is the political party, under the new Organic Law."

Papua New Guinea's Registrar of Political Parties, Dr Alphonse Gelu.