System promoting disintegration


PAPUA New Guinea has a multi-party system with numerous political parties.
The party with the highest number after a general election is invited to form government or form a coalition government.
Political parties in the country are generally based on the personality of their leaders rather than on any concrete ideology.
Numerous political parties headed by different personalities with different ideas and philosophies can be damaging to a developing nation such as PNG.
We want integrity, loyalty, stability and durability to prevail and be the pillar to our governing system.
But how can we achieve this when we have different parties, different leadership style, different ideas and different philosophies and party policy directives?
The office of the registry of political parties and candidates had already seen this as an issue and are advocating on parties to establish flexible voter/party relationship.
It is also pushing for party line voting practices to ensure most seats should be secured by candidates from party with good policies.
It is crucial for us at this stage to be sure that this multi-party system produces stability and durability.
There will be a time when voters will accept the concept of party line voting system and vote to establish a new government through the election process after assessing policies during campaign periods.
But the gaps provided by the Organic Law on Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates for MPs to exercise their freedom and freewill of movement from party to party remains a concern.
We can start it from the election period but it will break in the house of parliament through different ideologies.
Multi-party system does not promote stability and durability.
It promotes disintegration.

Hanam Bill Sandu,

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