Useful links

The following links may be of interest to you.

Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission has a very informative website. The Papua New Guinea Parliament’s website contains a lot of information too.

The Development Policy Centre has an excellent, up-to-date, website tracking who is an MP in PNG and whether they are in government or opposition.

Researchers Henry Ivarature and Colin Filer have also developed a historical dataset of which MPs have served in ministerial roles in PNG’s governments.

For those interested in economics the Development Policy Centre has a budget database, which tracks the state of the PNG government’s budget over time.

The Development Policy Centre also has a dataset of key development indicators for PNG’s rural districts.

Researchers Maholopa Laveil and Kingtau Mambon have compiled an up-to-date (as of 2024) list of Papua New Guinea’s local level government units.

The Australian National University’s Pacific Institute has a digitised archive of Pacific research. The archive is available online. There are many papers on PNG. In particular, there are a series of books on old PNG elections. These are an amazing resource if you want information on the country’s electoral politics. You can access the Pacific Institute’s digital archive here. You can find election material by scrolling down to the heading ‘PNG Elections’.

Edward Wolfers, Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Wollongong, has created an index of local and electorate-level studies that can be found in the election books. This is an invaluable tool if you want to find out which electorates and areas were covered in individual books. You can download it here.

Elections elsewhere in the Pacific

An archive of Solomon Islands election results, as well as useful accompanying information, can be found here.

Elections globally

The CLEA database and the Global Election Database are two databases of global election results. They contain some information on some other Pacific countries.

Pacific Islands Statistics

Although the data are incomplete, the SPC’s PRISM and PopGIS tools provide information on other attributes of Pacific Island countries. Pacific Web also has excellent data from old censuses and other studies.