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[PPAPD-FPOC] PacNews: PNG's Women MP's Bill to be tabled in Parliament

Charmaine Rodrigues charmaine.rodrigues at undp.org
Tue Jun 30 04:21:13 UTC 2009


PNG - PARLIAMENT: P/COURIER
PACNEWS 2: Tues 30 June 2009 

 

PNG's Women MP's Bill to be tabled in Parliament 

 

30 JUNE 2009 PORT MORESBY (Pacnews) ----- Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Prime
Minister Sir Michael Somare will reintroduce the motion for the nomination
of three women representatives to Parliament in  the July session which
begins next Tuesday, reports Post Courier.

 

Community Development Minister Dame Carol Kidu confirmed this yesterday,
adding this was made possible under Section 101 and 102 of the Constitution.


Dame Carol said the motion will be debated on before votes will be taken
during the July session.


She said lessons were learnt from the March session when the Opposition
refused to support the motion, first introduced by the Prime Minister. 


Misunderstanding of the process by certain women candidates stirred up
negative publicity after the motion was introduced, resulting in the Prime
Minister deferring debate to a later date.


Betha Somare from the PM's office also confirmed yesterday that the Prime
Minister will reintroduce the motion and will be calling on MPs on both
sides of the floor to support it.


Sir Michael for the first time sought the National Executive Council
blessing last year to approve a process to enable the appointment of women
members to Parliament using the Constitution.


His objective was to address the current lack of participation and
representation by women on the floor of Parliament.

 

Expressions of interest were called for interested women citizens of PNG who
wished to be considered for the three nominated seats. By the closing date,
79 expressions of interests were received.

 

A screening panel selected 12 names and this was trimmed to six women who
qualified to be considered for nomination as MPs and given to Sir Michael
Somare on March 4. After discussions between Sir Michael and Sir Mekere,
three names were selected to be put to Parliament for the vote.

 

But the Opposition refused to support the vote, resulting in the PM
deferring the motion for debate at a later date...PNS (ENDS)

 

 

 





Charmaine Rodrigues

Regional Legislative Strengthening Expert

UNDP Pacific Centre
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414 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji Islands
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