10 Apr 2017

PNG watchdog happy punitive candidate fee hike dumped

From , 5:04 am on 10 April 2017

Transparency International PNG says it is happy the government has dropped plans for a ten fold increase in the charge for people standing in June's election.

But it says it is annoyed the government even considered it.

The government had planned for legislation, increasing the fee to 10,000 kina [$US,3,050] from 1000 kina, to go before MPs this week.

It was the only item on the bill for the final session before the House rose last Tuesday for the June national elections, but had been removed by the leader of House Business, James Marape, at the weekend.

Transparency's Lawrence Stephens spoke with Don Wiseman.

PNG Party rally during the 2012 Papua New Guinea election campaign.

Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades