PANGU Pati aims to capture at least 20 seats in the 2012 general elections, its parliamentary leader Andrew Kumbakor said at the end of the two-day Pangu convention in Lae, Morobe province.
Mr Kumbakor, who is the Minister for Housing and Agriculture and Livestock said Pangu is embarking on a major fundraising drive to raise the necessary funds for the elections.
“Pangu Pati is not a rich party with money to throw around at election to woo voters,” Mr Kumbakor said.
“We cannot buy votes but we can tell voters to judge us by our rich history and culture and the performance of this party over the past 30 years,” he said.
Mr Kumbakor said he will be enlisting the support of former Pangu leaders to ensure the party can raise the required funds for the elections.
“Pangu is a political party that has written the history of PNG and it is a party that has been with this country since its journey into self-government and independence,” Mr Kumbakor said.
He said the party was pleased that the Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare had not forgotten the party but was there to officiate at the official opening of the convention in Lae.
Mr Kumbakor said from now until the general elections, Pangu will be conducting fundraising to meet its elections expenses.
“I will be calling on former leaders like Sir Rabbie Namaliu and Chris Haiveta to help prepare for the elections.
Mr Kumbakor said the party conventions will be held regularly between now and election time to ensure the party is fined tuned for the elections.
“We must start getting ready now and not wait until the last minute,” he said.
The party has been looking at its own constitution and policies to ensure it goes to the 2012 polls with the best set of policies to give to the voters.
“We want realistic, cost-effective, achievable policies,” Mr Kumbakor said.
The next Pangu Pati convention will be held in Kavieng in June.