Elections and Politics in Papua New Guinea

Written by Arichika Okazaki

Event Details

Papua New Guinea’s next election is scheduled to occur in 2022. In this presentation we will provide an overview of electoral and parliamentary politics in Papua New Guinea. Our presentation will cover electoral quality and trends, voter choices, women candidates, and the dynamics of parliamentary politics.

As we cover these topics, we will highlight many of the problems that plague electoral politics and political governance in Papua New Guinea. Yet we will also cover potential solutions such as the proposed introduction of Temporary Special Measures to ensure women’s representation. We will also discuss positive aspects of electoral politics, and the possibility of constructive change in coming years.

This presentation is based on the speakers’ chapter in the forthcoming ANU-UPNG edited volume on contemporary issues in PNG.


Dr Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Terence’s research focuses on the domestic political economy of aid in donor countries, public opinion about aid, NGOs, aid effectiveness in poorly-governed states, and Melanesian electoral politics.

Michael Kabuni is a Lecturer with the Political Science Department at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Maholopa Laveil is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Business and Public Policy at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Geejay P. Milli is a lecturer of political science at the University of Papua New Guinea. Her research interests include Women in PNG politics and Gender Based Violence/Sorcery Accusation Related Violence.

The speakers will be presenting via Zoom.

There are two ways to participate.

  • Seminar screening at the Acton Theatre (Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU) and attendees can participate in the Q&A, or
  • Online via Zoom.

For either option please register here.

The ANU-UPNG seminar series is part of the partnership between the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy, supported by the PNG-Aus Partnership.

Arichika Okazaki

Arichika Okazaki is a Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre.

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