Candidates still need a lot of money and resources to win an election in Papua New Guinea.
That's according to Mathias Kin who stood for the regional seat in the Highlands province of Chimbu during PNG's recent election.
The Electoral Commission has come in for heavy criticism over the many flaws in the electoral roll and inconsistencies with ballot box distribution experienced during this election.
Mr Kin, a writer, social worker and former public servant with a science degree in metallurgy, says he believes the election was in part engineered to ensure the re-election of the People's National Congress-led government.
He told Johnny Blades that the assertion by the Australian government that it was a successful election is a joke.