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Much is already clear about the 2022 elections in Papua New Guinea. They were bad, possibly the worst in the country’s history. Election-related violence was a serious problem, particularly in parts of the Highlands. The roll was inaccurate. Rumours of electoral conspiracies were rife online. Vote buying was a common problem.
Yet while aspects of the troubled 2022 elections are clear enough, there are still big uncertainties – questions that need to be answered if we are to understand what went wrong in 2022, and what can be expected from future elections. These questions cover areas ranging from election results, to parties, to struggles between aspiring prime ministers, to the future plans of international aid donors.
In this presentation, Dr Terence Wood outlined the main questions yet to be answered from the 2022 election, discuss possible answers, and discuss how associated challenges can be overcome.
Dr Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. His work includes the study of electoral politics in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. He maintains the Papua New Guinea Elections Database.