On assignment in PNG

SBS correspondent Kathy Novak reports from Papua New Guinea on the country’s eighth election, which is set to end months of political stalemate during which two men claimed to be prime minister.


Friday July 6 – Voting deadline extended

Voting in Papua New Guinea’s general elections was due to wrap up today, but the deadline has been extended after bad weather and logistical problems caused delays in some provinces.

Sun July 1 – PNG deputy wants top job

While Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is on track to hold his seat in the southern highlands, his deputy minister Belden Namah could be his biggest competition.

Sat June 30 – Fears PNG will have no female MPs

Papua New Guinea enters its second week of elections, but with the only female MP in PNG retiring, there are fears no woman will be elected in her place.

Thur June 28 – I’ll make sure O’Neill’s jailed, Somare says

EXCLUSIVE: Former PNG prime minister and candidate Sir Michael Somare told SBS he will defeat incumbent PM Peter O’Neill at the election and that ‘Peter will go to jail’.

Mon June 26 – Hela province key to PNG future

The province of Hela is at the centre of Papua New Guinea’s economic future, but locals say they are missing out on their fair share from the boom.

Sat June 23 – PNG goes to the polls

It’s the first day of voting in Papua New Guinea in elections that will carry on for the next two weeks and monitors are expecting some violence and fraud.

Fri June 22 – O’Neill campaigns in PNG central highlands

Incumbent prime minister Peter O’Neill used the last day before the elections to campaign in Tari in the central highlands.

Wed June 20 – Security tightens ahead of PNG elections

Officers from the Australian Defence Force arrived to the Papua New Guinea Highlands – a region notorious for election-related violence – to help beef up security.

Tues 19 June – Poverty, disease key to PNG elections

For many voters, access to housing, transport and health care remain major challenges. And as PNG struggles with an HIV/AIDS epidemic, there are also concerns the election itself will spread more disease.

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