PNG | IPPCC Consultation Forum and Training Workshop
Port Moresby | 9-11 April 2013
The Centre for Democratic Institutions provided technical assistance and support to PNG’s Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC) for their recent Consultation Forum and Training Workshop, held over three days in April in Port Moresby. This was the first event conducted as part of the IPPCC’s newly-adopted 5-year Learning and Development Plan 2013-2017, and senior officials from 26 of PNG’s registered political parties participated.
The April 9 Consultation Forum saw the participating PNG parties and IPPCC focussed on issues of political party compliance requirements under the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPaC).
Overall design and facilitation of the Training Workshop on April 10-11 was led by CDI Associate Dr Norm Kelly, with trainers and facilitators from the Australian Labor Party, the Liberal Party of Australia and the Australian Electoral Commission joining PNG's Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu to lead the delivery and facilitation of the workshop sessions. The overall focus and objectives of the Workshop were as follows:
- Party Systems – officials will have a clearer appreciation for their own party’s role in PNG’s democracy.
- Party Constitutions - officials will be better placed to review their constitutions, and to initiate processes to strengthen the constitutions in line with OLIPPAC requirements.
- Compliance with OLIPPAC Requirements - officials will be better equipped to employ systems to meet compliance requirements.
CDI facilitated the first few sessions on Day 1, covering the topics of The Roles of Parties in Democracies, Party Systems and Party Constitutions.
Following on Day 1 the Australian Labor Party ran sessions on Building Party Constitutions, getting participants to work with their own constitutions, comparing them to the IPPCC’s sample constitution, and drawing on the ALP’s own experiences.
The Liberal Party led the workshop on the morning of Day 2, continuing the discussions and activities relating to constitutions, and Registrar Dr Gelu led the afternoon sessions, concentrating on issues of Compliance, particularly the low level of compliance of parties submitting their election returns.
Workshop participants engaged in a very co-operative environment, which was engendered by the Registrar’s willingness to allow discussion of the important issues, and allowing all views to be heard. There is evidence of a division of opinions on many issues – between parties with several MPs, and therefore reasonable financial backing; and those (generally with no, or only a few MPs), who are seeking assistance and financial support to maintain their party.
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