Our International & Local Partners

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IFES for Strategic Planning

Founded in 1987, The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is the world’s premiere election assistance organization.   IFES is an international, nonpartisan democracy development organization that works to give people a voice in the way they are governed.

Since its founding in 1987, IFES has worked in more than 145 countries. IFES currently operates in new and developing democracies in over 30 countries. IFES promotes democratic stability by providing technical assistance and applying field-based research to the electoral cycle worldwide to enhance citizen participation and strengthen civil societies, governance and transparency. Every IFES project is staffed by national and international staff while partnering with local organizations. This homegrown approach ensures that the expertise offered by IFES fits the needs of the country or client and the benefit of assistance outlasts the life of the project. IFES’ work is nonpartisan.

IFES became engaged in Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville first in 2001-2002 and later in 2011-2013 to increase the political participation and representation of women. In addition, IFES supported the national elections in 2012 with the first ever campaign finance monitoring effort and supported the election commission to conduct an organizational assessment following the elections. Currently, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, IFES provides support for the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner and the Office of the Bougainville Referendum as well as women in civil society, and IFES supports the Papua New Guinea Election Commission (PNGEC)  to enhance elections delivery and improve the electoral roll for the 2017 National and LLG elections.  

International Foundation for Electoral System has now come on board to provide assistance in strategic planning and management for the coming 2017 General Elections. Please click here their website for more information

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AEC for Strategic Planning

Australian Electoral Commission ​has been a long term partner in delivering elections in Papua New Guinea since PNG gained its independence from Australia in 1975.

AEC officers are regularly posted to PNG as part of the Twinning Program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The goal of the program is capacity building – helping local electoral officers develop skills and expertise in order to strengthen electoral administration and democratic processes.

Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC)

The corporate vision of IPPCC is "striving to protect the national parliamentary election from outside or hidden influences" therefore their partnership and role with PNG Electoral Commission is key and mandatory in having transparent, safe and fair elections.

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IDEC -Inter Departmental Electoral Committee   

Comprises mainly of Department Heads and is headed by the Chief Secretary. This election, it will be called the National Elections Steering Committee. There are also four(4) Provincial Administrators (PA) in each region who are also part of IDEC and they’re Dr. Samson Amean, PA for Enga and IDEC rep for Highlands, Wilson Matawa, PA for ENB and IDEC rep for NGI, PA for Morobe, representing Momase and Gei Raga, PA for Central representing Southern Region.

Office Of The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner

​Autonomous Region of Bougainville is part of Papua New Guinea however with determination for Independence in 2020, PNG Electoral Commission continues to provide assistance and guidance towards the goal.


Electoral Boundaries Commission

PNG’s Constitution provides for the determination of electoral boundaries by a Boundaries Commission, which is to examine the boundaries at least every 10 years. Under the Constitutional provisions, Parliament holds the power to accept 7 or reject the recommendations of the Boundaries Commission.​

Under Section 125 of the Constitution, the Boundaries Commission shall recommend to the Parliament the number of open electorates and their boundaries for determination by the Parliament.

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