Failure to introduce Olippac bill irks Gelu


THE Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu is disappointed that the Revised Organic Law on Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (Olippac) was not introduced in the November session of Parliament.
He is equally frustrated that the Olippac bill has not been passed more than two years after it was gazetted.
The bill was to have had its first reading in Parliament in November 2014.
Gelu said next year’s general election was fast approaching and it was important that the bill be passed.
“I’m very disappointed. This bill was approved by Cabinet in March 2014. We had the whole of 2014, we had the whole of 2015 and we had the whole of 2016,” he said.
“I don’t know why it was not passed. As the head of a Government body which has worked very hard to put this revised law together.
“ I do not see any reason why Parliament did not get this law through. This is the law that will totally transform the political landscape in Papua New Guinea.”
He is keeping his fingers crossed that Parliament will in its last sessions before next year’s general election pass the bill.
“We’ll be waiting for those sittings next year – starting in January, because that’s what we were advised.”

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