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POLITICAL parties with small memberships have been encouraged to amalgamate with larger parties to boost their strength in the implementation of their policies.Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu said PNG had a multi-party system like other democracies such as
Through the revised Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC), Gelu said the Registry was trying to make sure that the parties were serious about making a difference to this country, forming government and about governing the country.
“So we will work with those political parties and one of the things we are doing is that we are encouraging smaller parties to amalgamate,” Gelu said.
He said this was because about 70% of the small parties did not win any seats in the 2002, 2007 and 2012 elections.
He said his office was basing their proposal on these three years only because that was when the OLIPPAC came into place. “So the question here is should we allow them to continue? I’m not saying that we will go ahead and strike them out just like that; these are registered parties, they’ve complied with all our requirements but what we are telling them is to strengthen themselves.”
Gelu said with the revised OLIPPAC, the Registry would be
concentrating on the parties to make them become strong institutions in the
country. He added that after the 2012 elections, the Registry recorded 46
political parties and through the revised OLIPPAC it may cut down on the number
of parties to make it manageable.
“In PNG politics in terms of elections,
the playing field is not that levelled all the time, there are one or two
political parties who are very rich in terms of money that continue to dominate
while the rest if they are lucky, then they are lucky.
“The reality that we
want for this country is for us to have political parties that are truly serious
about making a difference to the lives of the people.” PNG Facts/The National
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