NZ to help support PNG election

9:43 am on 16 February 2017

New Zealand says it will help ensure the Papua New Guinea election is a success.

Papua New Guinea's parliament facade, after the removal of anthropomorphic carved heads from the front lintel.

Papua New Guinea's parliament facade, after the removal of anthropomorphic carved heads from the front lintel. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has been visiting PNG this week and has extended this country's long standing plans to help the vast majority of Papua New Guineans who live in rural areas to access renewable energy.

Mr McCully said he got assurances on the stability of the economy and offered New Zealand help for the elections, which are to run over a two week period in June/July this year.

He said the Electoral Commission is again involved and New Zealand will provide observers to speak to the integrity of the poll.

"We'll certainly mount a team of observers, they'll serve alongside others from Australia, the Commonwealth and other interests and we will also be looking for any areas where we can provide a little extra logistical help. These things usually require some last minute assistance."

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