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June 28, 2022

Political Parties Integrity

It has been intense in recent weeks with the changes in government.


Last week, it was the removal of Ministers William Duma and David Arore by the Prime Minister. Two days ago, it was Treasurer Don Polye and Labor Minister, Mark Maipakai.

Three former Ministers, Polye, Arore and Maipakai all belong to THE Party, the second largest coalition in government.


There are mixed reactions to the political maneuvering however, the man tasked to ensure the Integrity Political Parties is concerned.


The registry of political parties and candidates has been following up this issue very closely. Their concern is maintaining good relationships between coalition partners.


Good relationships mean political stability, and political stability means economic growth and effective service delivery.


Head of the Executive Branch of government Doctor Gelu said the changing and reshuffling of ministries, is the prerogative of the Prime Minister.


He said his office’s interest now is to see whether parties will remain intact despite the sacking of the MPs, particularly the two political party leaders for URP William Duma and THE party Don Polye.


Dr. Gelu explained that currently, there is no law that stops a member of parliament from moving parties. However, he said it is not of his office’s interest to see divisions in the parties whatever the caucus decides.


Following news of the sacking, the opposition called on these leaders to switch seats. However, sacked Treasury Minister Don Polye vowed to stay on the course.


Meantime, Dr. Gelu said a draft copy of amendments to the Organic law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates has been submitted to the National Executive Council for perusal.


He said parliament is most likely to deliberate on this in the chamber before any approvals for a review on the OLIPAC is considered.


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