National Conservative Party changes to ULP


THE National Conservative Party (NCP) has changed its name to United Labour Party (ULP), Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu says.
Gelu, when issuing the party certificate to party officials at the registry’s office in Port Moresby yesterday, said the renaming of the party did not increase the number of registered political parties from its current 45.
He also clarified that the ULP was not a new party.
It is an existing registered political party that only changed its name. Gelu said the party was previously registered as National Conservative Party.
The party is led by Bulolo MP and Minister for National Planning Sam Basil.
The party parliamentarians are Basil, Rigo MP Lekwa Gure, Sumkar MP Chris Nangoi, Lufa MP Moriape Kavori, Markham MP Koni Iguan, Rai Coast MP Peter Sapia, Nawaeb MP Kenndy Wenge, while Kagua-Erave MP Wesley Ramanai and North Wahgi MP Fabian Pok are yet to confirm their membership.
During the presentation of the party certificate to ULP general-secretary Varigini Badira, Gelu said the registry was satisfied that ULP had complied with all requirements to affect its name change.
Gelu said he wanted the party’s parliamentary wing and its executives to work together to develop and strengthen their policies and stances on issues and to offer sound leadership to the people.
Badira said the party was aiming to increase its presence in Parliament as well as grow its following and membership.