2504 Political Parties allowed to endorse one candidate per electorate

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says political parties are allowed by law to endorse only one candidate to contest in one electorate and not more than one candidate. This follows scenarios during the nomination period this week where political parties have been cited for endorsing more than one candidate in an electorate.

Mr. Gamato said the law is very clear after confirming with the Registry of Political Parties today that parties are allowed by the Organic Law on Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC) to endorse only one candidate.
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He said PNG Electoral Commission is accepting the list of candidates submitted by public officers or general secretaries of political parties.

“This is to be done through the submission of Form 30 with the list of confirm list of endorsed candidates to endorsed by the respective party.”

“Hence, candidates can go ahead and nominate by indicating the party endorsing them on their Form 23 which will be verified against the respective party’s list of endorsed candidates when the forms are sent to HQ after the close and draw of nominations on Thursday, April 27, 2017,” Gamato said.

Out of the 45 registered political parties contesting the 2017 National Election, less that 20 political parties have so far submitted their list of candidates they’ve endorsed. 

“The confirmed name of the political party a particular candidate will be contesting under the banner is the party that the candidate indicates when filling the nomination form (Form 23) upon nomination,” he said.

Mr. Gamato also clarified that one candidate cannot be endorsed by more political parties in one electorate.




ALPHONSE MUAPI

Media Consultant

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