Another successful independent candidate has aligned with former Prime Minister and Moresby North-West MP-elect, Sir Mekere Morauta.

South Fly MP-elect Sekie Agisa is the third independent Member to link with with Sir Mekere with the aim of playing a leading role in the election of Prime Minister and formation of a new government.

Papua New Guinea’s first airbus pilot and Rigo MP-elect, Captain Lekw...

Former Prime Minister and Member-Elect for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, today denounced the actions of the absentee Returning Officer for Moresby-North West, Mr Moka Havera, in fraudulently declaring the candidate who came third in the election, Mr Joseph Tonde.

Sir Mekere said he had seen an EMTV video and a report of the event which apparently took place in Room 202 of the Airways Hote...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today that the award of the contract for the supply of medical kits for health centres and aid posts to Borneo Pacific required explanation from the Member-elect for Ialibu-Pangia, Peter O’Neill.

“When did NEC approve this contract and advise the Governor-General to sign it,” Sir Mekere asked. “Is it really only for one year?  Was it price-competitive?”

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Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today that the court action taken by the Electoral Commissioner to restrain comment from well-known blogger Martyn Namorong was ridiculous.

“Is Mr Gamato so thin-skinned? I have never seen anything written by Martyn that could be called offensive. Humorous, yes. To the point, also yes. That’s why Martyn’s tweets and quips are so popular,” Sir Mekere sai...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta today called on the Central Supply and Tenders Board, the O’Neill Government and the Electoral Commission to explain the processes used to award the Highlands Region helicopter contract for the transport of election material and personnel.

The contract, awarded to Heli Solutions Ltd, is said to be for approximately K19 million. The company did not bid for th...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today an Independent Commission of Inquiry must be set up to investigate the 2017 election chaos and make recommendations to prevent a repeat of the mismanagement and corruption that has occurred.

“There is enough evidence now, from the first few days of polling, to justify such an inquiry,” he said.

“Police, soldiers and voters have reported widespread...

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato’s responses and comments at his media conference yesterday raise serious questions and concerns about the election and the mismanagement and irregularities that have been revealed, and confirm he is not in control of the operations.

Papua New Guinea deserves more than the unsatisfactory and contradictory answers from Mr Gamato and the suspicious silence from E...

The election chaos caused by Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato, Election Steering Committee head Isaac Lupari and the PNC Government has reached the point of no return.

Either a new, independent, competent and honest election management team is installed immediately, or the election will fail. The Prime Minister has no choice – either he saves the election or condemns it to failure.

“This chaos...

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato and Election Steering Committee head Isaac Lupari must be sacked or stood down immediately to prevent further election chaos occurring.

They must be replaced by competent, independent people capable of conducting the election effectively and honestly.

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today that Mr Gamato and Chief Secretary Lupari have compromised...

“Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is costing the people of Papua New Guinea a fortune,” former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today.

“The Government has severe cashflow problems. There are no medicines in hospitals and health centres; schools have not received nearly enough money to operate; businesses are owed millions by the Government, but Treasury and Finance seem to have no problem paying...

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