PNG electoral commission urged to step up candidate scrutiny

6:56 am on 21 December 2015

An opposition MP in Papua New Guinea has urged the electoral commission to vet candidates contesting the 2017 election.

Papua New Guinea's parliament.

Papua New Guinea's parliament. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The MP for Kikori, Mark Maipakai, says many MPs in the current parliament have criminal records or a history of corruption.

Mr Maipakai says these kinds of people should not be in power and says they should be thoroughly screened by the electoral commission to stop them from running for office.