9 Jul 2003

PNG provincial Governor wants more electorates to cope with population growth

3:36 pm on 9 July 2003

The Governor of Morobe in Papua New Guinea wants more electorates created to deal with the province's fast growing population.

Luther Wenge says the population of Morobe stands at 170-thousand.

He says his provincial administration has the funds to be able to afford additional electorates.

Mr Wenge says the government must investigate the ramifications of PNG's growing population and look at he possiblity of restructuring the country's electorates and provinces.

"As for Morobe province we qualify for additional electorates...we have enough money to split into three electorates ...we are able to provide services to the people of those electorates so I am asking the Prime Minister to appoint the Boundaries Commission to go out and make an investigation"

The Governor of PNG's Morobe Province, Luther Wenge

PNG laws define an electorate as having 30-thousand people.

Currently there are 20 provinces and 89 electorates in PNG and the population now exceeds five million people.