5 Dec 2011

PNG government dismisses claims it plans to oust more key officials

3:12 pm on 5 December 2011

Papua New Guinea's government has denied claims that it plans to remove the Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen from office.

The Madang MP Sir Arnold Amet last week claimed that the government had plans to remove Mr Trawen and the Defence Force commander Brigadier General Francis Agwi.

The newspaper, The National, reports the Minister responsible for the electoral office, Wake Goi, saying the reports are fabrications to cause public confusion and anxiety.

Mr Goi says that as long as he is minister, Mr Trawen will remain the electoral commissioner.

He says Mr Trawen is the most appropriate official to prepare the country for elections next year.

Meanwhile the paper reports Sir Arnold saying the government is also planning to disband its self appointed anti-corruption body, Task Force Sweep.

Sir Arnold, a former chief justice and attorney general, says the government is concerned the Task Force is about to arrest some of its senior leaders.

He says this is political corruption at its very worst which must be resisted at all costs.