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PNG | Women Candidate Training: Local Level Government elections | Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province | 27-28 May 2013

  ^ Goroka Workshop in Session

The Centre for Democratic Institutions was pleased to be able to support the Governor of the Eastern Highlands Province, the Hon Julie Soso MP, in her desire to assist women candidates intending to stand as for President or Councillor seats in the 2013 LLG elections.

During Governor Soso’s visit to Canberra in April 2013, she met with CDI’s Grant Harrison and Bronwen Harvey to discuss a number of CDI’s initiatives in PNG, including the development of a handbook for women candidates intending to contest LLG elections. She was very interested in this as she had already had the idea that she wanted to do something to support women in her province who were hoping to stand in the forthcoming LLG elections.

CDI followed up with the Governor on her return to PNG, and our PNG-based staff member, John Varey worked with some of the Governor’s staff to pull together a two day workshop based around the handbook in Goroka for 40 intending women candidates.

Lead facilitator, Steven Gari (who also worked with CDI during the Women Candidate Training in the lead up to the National Elections in 2012) developed the program with inputs from Dr Norm Kelly and Dr Orovu Sepoe and facilitated the two day session with support from Aga Airis and Anna Yombo.
Governor Soso opened the workshop and feedback received from participants has been positive.  The participants were drawn from the following districts:

  • Daulu
  • Goroka
  • Henganofi
  • Kainantu
  • Lufa
  • Okapa
  • Obura Wonenara
  • Ungai/Bena

Of the 40 participants 15 candidates were intending to stand for President and 25 as Ward Councillors.

We wish all participants well in their quest for electoral success.

Click on these links for more on this and related activities:

Women Candidate Training Workshop : Local Level Government elections | Goroka, | 27-28 May 2013:
  Workshop Full Report
Local Media Coverage:

'Training to prepare aspiring women candidates', The National, Tuesday 28th May 2013


'Women brush up election skills', The National, Monday 27th May 2013

  PNG | Governor Soso visits ACT Legislative Assembly | 30 April 2013
  PNG | A Guide for Women Candidates in the 2013 LLG elections in PNG - Campaign Handbook Now Available
  Improving women’s participation in PNG politics: learning from recent success | Anthony Swan & Grant Walton | Development Policy Centre Blog - 21 June 2013.
  Papua New Guinea Women Candidates Training Strategy Candidate & Campaign Manager Training completed for 2012 Elections
  CDI's Women in Politics Home Page













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The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

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