Heads of Depts, State Agencies prepare for Elections
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Chief Secretary to Government, Ambassador Isaac Lupari, CBE, today announced that the Departmental Heads meeting is to prepare and brief all levels of government on the upcoming 2017 national elections.
He made these remarks whilst introducing the first Heads of Department and State Agencies meeting today in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province.
He thanked the SHP Governor Hon. William Powi and the people of Southern Highlands Province for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to all the Department and State Agency heads, who all flew in from Port Moresby.
“It is only fitting to hold our first Departmental Heads meeting in the capital of Southern Highlands, given its outstanding record of good governance stability throughout this term of government.
“It is also very timely to hold this meeting on the eve of our national elections, to outline where we (public servants) currently are and what is expected of us to ensure this elections will be held successfully,” Amb Lupari said.
He said as you have noticed the 2017 national election preparations are better coordinated now than that of previous elections.
“All three of our national security forces including the Royal PNG Constabulary, the PNG Defence Force and the Correctional Services have briefed us on their security progress to ensure free, fair and safe elections, throughout the country,” Amb Lupari said.
During the meeting, he also encouraged each Secretary, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director to freely engage in discussions, and enable open dialogue in order to share how best to make the elections a success.
“It is very important to ask questions during this meeting to ensure we encourage a free and open dialogue,” Amb Isaac Lupari said.
He also stated that, during the election period, public servants were only allowed to assist and support election managers in order to uphold a free, fair and safe election and urged them not to misuse this opportunity by campaigning for individual candidates.
AMB. ISAAC B. LUPARI, CBE
Chief Secretary to Government