Papua New Guinea’s Review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections



Dr. Eric Kwa


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU


Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

Dr. Eric Kwa, CEO of the Papua New Guinea Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) will present to the Australian National University RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, an overview of the scope of the review of Papua New Guinea’s Organic law on National and Local Level Government, related electoral laws, processes and systems and Electoral Systems by the Government of Papua New Guinea. The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission has been directed by the Government of Papua New Guinea to review and inquire into 12 reference areas, without limitation. The major reference areas include:

  1. The electoral roll system;
  2. The polling system;
  3. The electoral boundaries;
  4. Women and special interest representation in Parliament;
  5. Nomination fees;
  6. Eligibility for nomination;
  7. Election Petitions;
  8. Voter identification systems;
  9. Local Level Government elections
  10. Electoral offenses;
  11. Powers, functions, and composition of electoral commissioners;
  12. Decentralization of election responsibilities; and
  13. other such matters that may arise in the course of the review or inquiry.

In addition, Dr. Eric Kwa, will also provide an insight into other areas of research that the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission has been engaged in to support Law Reform and development in Papua New Guinea.

These areas include:

  • Monitoring of the Underlying Law in Papua New Guinea;
  • Review of the Colonial Laws in Papua New Guinea;
  • E-Law or ICT Law review ahead of Papua New Guinea hosting the APEC 2018;
  • Review of the Law on the informal economic sector in Papua New Guinea
  • Review of Laws of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Addressing the issues surrounding Sorcery Accusation Related Violence
  • Review of Laws on Civil Registry; and
  • Women, Children and People with Disability rights and Protection




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