By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby
A workshop has been staged by the Commission of Political Parties and Candidates, to assist political parties in PNG to make awareness of their policies and their importance.
Political Party Registrar, Dr Alphonse Gelu said that currently, political parties are weak and they lack access to strategies that should be in place for them to carry out their duties.
This workshop which started yesterday will help them to become strong organisations.
It is a learning and development workshop where political parties’ executives and members will achieve their strategies, and be aware of public funding models.
Currently, PNG has 45 registered political parties. Only 17 of them received funding, because they have members in the parliament.
Others have missed out. This came after the new reform system, which allows political parties that have members in Parliament, to get funding.
Dr Alphonse today said that a majority of them have less number of memberships, and have the same policies.
This workshop will also assist in finding options where the government can assist other political parties.
Dr Alphonse said they will collect their policies, and emphasise and make awareness to the general public so that they can see the importance of having a political party in this West Minster type of government.
The workshop will end tomorrow. It was started last year and it occurs quarterly in a year. Dr Alphonse confirmed that the 2015 and 2016 workshops will be to train them for the 2017 National elections.
The workshop will end tomorrow. It was started last year and it occurs quarterly in a year. Dr Alphonse confirmed that the 2015 and 2016 workshops will be to train and prepare them for the 2017 National elections.