2017 Reflection from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

The electoral shortfalls experienced in this year’s National Elections should be lessons learnt for Papua New Guinea’s Electoral Commission.

The call was made by the General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Father Victor; and there has to be improvement before the next elections.

2017 was the year of elections, many irregularities were recorded like double declarations which have accounted to legal cases with the court of disputed returns.

Father Victor has called on PNG Electoral Commission and the State to improve the electoral processes involved in Elections before the next elections in 2022.

The General Secretary while acknowledging the National Government for implementing some of its strategies and policies like the free health and education, he was also concerned about the equal distribution of wealth.

Moreover, priority sectors like education and health for standards to be improved for quality assurance.

On the country’s economic status, Fr Victor said the National Government must tell the truth and work to improve the foreign currency.

This is because the pinch of economic crisis can be felt.

The 2018 APEC Summit will bring more opportunities and benefits for the country.

Despite all these problems, Fr Victor says Papua New Guinea has remained strong and is working for the future.

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