4 Jul 2014

New mobile access to PNG MPs

3:42 pm on 4 July 2014

Papua New Guineans now have the opportunity to access information about their parliamentarians through mobile phone technology.

It is part of the provision of greater online public access to information about PNG's parliament, its members and services through parliament's new website.

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

Papua New Guinea parliament facade. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Billed as promoting transparency and accountability, the new access is the result of an initiative between the Speaker of Parliament and the European Union, executed by Transparency International PNG.

A TI PNG board member, Emmanual Narokobi, says they are working on establishing a consistent flow of information to be uploaded on to the system.

"If you text the name to a number there then it sends back a brief message back of the name, the ministry they may be holding, the committees they're in and some contact details. There's also a slot there for talking about district funds. That'll be one thing to get up there soon."

Emmanual Narokobi

The website is http://www.parliament.gov.pg