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Papua New Guinea National Elections, June–July 2012

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The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Papua New Guinea National Elections, held June–July 2012. The Group was led by Mr Nipake Edward Natapei, former Prime Minister for Vanuatu, and comprised 8 eminent persons in total.



The Group offered a number of recommendations for further strengthening the electoral process in Papua New Guinea. These include measures to improve the electoral roll and election management, further development of voter education, stronger enforcement of electoral laws, and continued efforts toward achieving a more level playing field for women’s political participation.

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Conclusions and Recommendations

The 2012 election in Papua New Guinea saw some progress and some setbacks in the country’s efforts to strengthen its democracy. Some of the benchmarks for democratic processes were met, but significant challenges remain to achieve the efficient and effective management of elections that ensures maximum franchise for citizens, appropriate and consistent electoral practices for the exercise of that franchise, and a strong culture of democracy throughout the country.

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