Elections and Politics in Papua New Guinea

Crawford School of Public Policy | Development Policy Centre
Elections and Politics in Papua New Guinea

Event details

Public Seminar

Date & time

Friday 28 May 2021


Acton Theatre Level 1, JG Crawford Building #132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Dr Terence Wood, Michael Kabuni, Maholopa Laveil, and Geejay P. Milli


Arichika Okazaki
02 6125 6805

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

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


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.

This presentation is based on the speakers’ chapter, ‘Elections and politics’, in the ANU-UPNG edited volume, ‘Papua New Guinea: Government, Economy and Society’, available for free download.

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.

PNG contact:
Julie Sowano
T +675 3267301

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