MPs urged to consider law

The National, Wednesday July 20th, 2016

TRANSPARENCY International PNG (TIPNG) is calling on all members of parliament to pay particular attention to the anti-bribery laws in the upcoming no confidence vote.
“Our members and each of us must be urgently reminded of the provisions pertaining to bribery within the Criminal Code Act1974,” TIPNG chairman Lawrence Stephens said.
Stephens stated that Sections 61and 62 of the act clearly outlined that bribery of members of parliament involved, attempts, directly or indirectly, by fraud, threats or intimidation of any kind, to influence a member of the Parliament in his vote, opinion, judgement or action on any such question or matter, or to induce him to so absent himself”.
“We encourage any MP who feels that she or he is being coerced to read Section 97(c) of the Criminal Code Act and at the earliest opportunity report the matter to a commissioned police officer,” Stephens said.
TIPNG’s concerns stem from its 2015 public opinion survey on levels of corruption in PNG.
The survey of Papua New Guineans  showed that 53 per cent said they had paid a bribe and that 81 per cent of respondents saw Members of Parliament as the key agents of corruption.