From June 24 through July 8, citizens of Papua New Guinea will directly elect 111 members of the National Parliament (MPs). The MPs will be selected from among 3,340 candidates, which include representatives of 45 political parties and 2,006 independent candidates.
Eighty-nine MPs will represent districts, also known as open electorates, and 22 will represent provinces. The 22 MPs representing provinces will also serve as provincial governors. To elect both types of MPs, each voter will cast two ballots: an open electorate ballot and a provincial electorate ballot.
To help you understand this multifaceted electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Papua New Guinea: 2017 National Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- Who are citizens voting for in the election?
- What is the structure of the government?
- What is the election management body? What are its powers?
- What integrity measures are being used to prevent fraud during the election?