Posted By Staff Reporter
The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, is hopeful of starting an ambitious research program next year, into identifying Papua New Guinea's major customs, as it takes the lead in helping the Judiciary create an Underlying Law for the country.
After more than 30-years of independence, the development of the Underlying Law is still incomplete and scattered in many cases.
The Constitution gives powers only to the Supreme and National Courts to develop the Underlying law, as a reasonably system appropriate to the circumstances of the country.
Constitutional and Law Reform Commission Secretary Doctor Eric Kwa says, while the Constitution allows no specific timeframe for the development of the Underlying, they plan to start work as early as next year.
"We would like to go to at least five or six provinces in the next five years, and we want to spend at least one year in a province talking to all the wards , LLGs, districts and we pick up their customs and we record them and see how we can move it through the Underlying Act of 2000 to declare them at the LLG level and to declared at the provincial level.
"At a given point in time, we might say there are some common things in terms of custom all throughout the country.
"So those can now become the Papua New Guinean Way," Doctor Kwa said.
The CLRC has asked for a 12-million kina funding from the Government, to be spread over five years, to do this work.
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