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New commission team sworn into office

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THREE commissioners from the Constitution and Law Reform Commission were sworn into office yesterday.
Two of the commissioners – deputy chairman Gerhard Linge and Rev Dr William Kenny Longgar – are sitting members and Dr Fiona Hukula, a senior researcher at the National Research Institute, was appointed this year.
CLRC chairman and Kandrian-Gloucester MP Joseph Lelang said the swearing has brought it up to date and a full complement.
“With the strong and exceptional commissioners, the full complement of the team, we should be able to move forward along with CLRC in undertaking many tasks and responsibilities that are placed on with confidence,” he said.
“The kind of commissioners that we have aside from this three, three have been appointed by parliament.
“This is an institution that has parliamentarians, me as chairman, Dr Allan Marat Rabaul MP and Jeffery Komal Nipa-Kutubu MP. The other member is Professor Mange Matui of UPNG, Dean of Law.
“We have a good team and I am happy with this renewal and the appointment because commissioners always have a balanced view.”
Hukula, an anthropologist with a social scientist background, said it was her first appointment to a constitutional office and she acknowledged the CLRC for recognising the work she did as researcher at NRI.
Linge said it was an honour for him to be appointed for the third consecutive term as commissioner as it is a vital constitutional office.
“As a lawyer, this is one of the best things I can do to help PNG in terms of the discussions and arriving at a point where laws can be amended or new laws can be drafted,” he said.
Longgar, who represents the PNG Council of Churches, said this was his second term and being a non-lawyer, it was quite a journey for him.
“From my perspective as a social scientist and theologian, I can contribute from those perspectives towards the discussion,” he said.
“The work of the CLRC in reviewing the laws is so vital.”

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