Parties to Confirm Candidates
BY GORETHY KENNETH
Political parties that have more than one candidate contesting the same seat have to decide by Friday who their candidate is.
And they have to go by their party constitution because the law requires the PNG Electoral Commission to respect the respective party constitutions to resolve their in-house issues.
Several political parties are split with two or three candidates contesting one seat using the party name and it is becoming a concern for the PNG Electoral Commission.
The multiple candidates issue was delaying the Commission from finalising candidate posters and printing.
PNGEC boss Patilias Gamato said that all these parties that are experiencing this will have to follow party constitution to determine their candidates.
Mr Gamato said he has called on all party general secretaries to the Electoral Commission office so that they finalise the list and posters could be printed.
He told reporters yesterday, that he was only aware of Pangu Party that had two lists of candidates, but it is understood that there are at least three other major parties that were also in the same boat.
“I’d rather go with the party constitution. Whatever the party constitution says, I will recognise the party constitution, and if there is a faction within the party they must observe their constitution.
“The constitution provides that direction in which candidate to accept as official candidate,” Mr Gamato said.
“What we are doing as part of the allotment of the candidate poster is calling in party officials, the party general secretary and asking them which one is their official candidate.
“We will then put the candidate up on the candidate poster with the party leader. In that way we recognise which candidate that is officially endorsed by the party,” he said.
Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari also said that it was up to the leaders of these parties to sort their in-house issues out.