PNG MP calls for better screening of politicians

3:35 pm on 22 December 2015

A Papua New Guinea MP is urging the electoral commission to come up with a screening process to keep corrupt politicians from contesting the 2017 elections.

Ballot box in a Vanuatu election.

Ballot box Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Mark Maipakai says he is fearful corrupt politicians who have been in office have manipulated the system so they have unfairly high chances of returning to office.

The Post Courier reports Mr Maipakai as saying many politicians have criminal records, a history of corruption or an affiliation to the latter.

He says such politicians have remained in power through a cunning manipulation of the country's political workings.

Mr Maipakai says any politician with allegations surrounding them or a hint of dirt on them should be properly screened before being considered a possible candidate for the 2017 elections.

The MP has raised his concerns with the electoral commission.

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