By ELIZABETH VUVU
THE PNG Electoral Commission has been commended for using civil society organisations (CSOs) to advocate Government interaction programmes affecting the people.
East New Britain deputy provincial administrator for policy planning and evaluation, Bernard Lukara, said it signified that the commission was keen to embrace the Government and development partners’ initiative.
“The use of CSOs is encouraged but it is important that an effective policy guideline be developed to set the parameters in which this partnership with CSOs are to be fostered.
“This is to ensure not only a harmonious partnership but also to achieve greater transparency, accountability and best value for money for the Government as well as development partners’ resources and investments,” he said.
Mr Lukara highlighted this at the commission’s NGI regional workshop for Trainers of Trainers (TOT), returning officers and assistant returning officers and CSO in Kokopo yesterday.
He said an important partner in the improvement of the service delivery in health, education, infrastructure and any other sources was the recipient.
“This means the ordinary people must also play their role in development activities that add value to their own lives, family and community, and not to develop a false expectation on the Government as the sole provider of goods and services,” he said.