Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says there are ominous signs for those hoping for free and fair elections next year.
Don Polye claims that new candidate rules, and appointments to authorities conducting the polls, favour the position of the ruling People's National Congress party.
The government plans to increase the basic nomination fee for those intending to contest general elections in the middle of next year, from $US300 to $US3000.
Furthermore, Don Polye says other requirements on submissions by intending candidates seriously disadvantage people in PNG's many rural communities.
He spoke to Johnny Blades.