The Papua-New Guinea administration is currently preparing for general elections for the Australian-administered Territory's third House of Assembly.
The Papua-New Guinea administration is currently preparing for general elections for the Australian-administered Territory's third House of Assembly. The elections, to be held later this month, are of particular significance - for the transition to internal self-government could come within the life of the next Assembly.
SYNOPSIS: Preparations for general elections in Papua-New Guinea are in full swing. The elections are probably the most important to be held so far -- for this Australian -administered Territory in the South Pacific may receive internal self-Government during the life of the next Assembly, which is only the third in the country's history. Electoral officials in Port Moresby, the administrative centre, have been busy organising ballot boxers to be distributed throughout the Territory across rugged, inhospitable, jungle-covered country. Aircraft, boats and trucks carry the boxes and papers -- fully waterproofed following an incident during previous elections where a full ballot box was dropped into a river.
Voting will be held over three weeks from February the nineteenth, with 600 budding politicians contesting the 84 Assembly seats. Between them, Assembly members represent about two million people. Every citizen over 18 years old is eligible to vote.
Talks between the Territory Legislature and the Australian Government on the questions of self-Government have already begun.