Commission set to review law

National, Normal

The National, Monday October 14th, 2013

 A REVIEW into the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Governments is all set to go following the completion of a two-day inquiry attended by provincial administrators and department heads in Port Moresby last week.

Constitutional and Law Reform Commission secretary Dr Eric Kwa said yesterday that it was all systems go as the commission, in collaboration with the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs, would begin the review in December.

The review will go into full steam in all provinces by January with the recommendations to be handed over to government by August.

“The aim of this workshop is basically to brief provincial administrators and their officers, as well as other major stakeholders in Port Moresby, about the work that has been given to us by the government,” Kwa said.

“We’re informing them that the government has given us the terms of reference.

“We call it a constitutional directive from the NEC to the head-of-state to review the Organic Law.

“We want to inform them so that they will become partners in this journey.

“We want them to understand that this review will be undertaken in partnership with the provinces, with the districts, and with other national stakeholders and donor partners who are supporting the government in this reform exercise.

“The second aim of this workshop is to discuss with them about their work programmes,” Kwa said.