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Papua New Guinea

PNC receives delayed annual party funding

The People’s National Congress (PNC) party has received the much delayed annual political party part funding of K200,000 for 2018.

Under the Organic Law on Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPAC), all political parties are entitled to K10,000 a member for a year.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates said PNC is supposed to receive K410,000 for the 41 MPs the party had in 2018, however, the registry only received half of the budgeted funding from Finance and therefore have paid only part payments to political parties that are eligible for the party funding.

The part payment was made to PNC party general secretary Dom David Kua at the Political Party registry office by Registrar Dr Alphonse Gelu.

“I thank the office of the IPPCC and Dr Gelu for the receipt of our part payment of K200,000 to assist PNC party operation.

“However we are yet to get our funding for 2017 and part of 2018. Although being the largest party in the past consecutive government, we were also mindful of the financial strains the office has been through and didn’t want to press on it until today, when Dr Gelu is able to pay us a bit to assist our party operational cost.

“I further would state that over the last month, with the political drama of MPs moving about and hopping to and from parties only brings to the question of integrity of candidates and political parties that existed in the house.

“Although MPs have freedom of association as enshrined in the constitution which does not infringe their democratic right to move as it seems to be the case now, the Office of the Registry of Political Parties is also created by an Act of Parliament to maintain and uphold the OLIPAC Act to protect the integrity of political parties and candidates which is to maintain stability,” Mr Kua said.

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