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Electoral reform, "the only way" to get more women in PNG Parliament | Pacific Beat

Electoral reform, "the only way" to get more women in PNG Parliament

Electoral reform, "the only way" to get more women in PNG Parliament

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:07 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, MPs are considering legislation that would require political parties to ensure that at least ten percent of their candidates at a general election are women, or face de-registration.

The proposal is included in the Integrity of Political Parties Bill which has yet to be tabled.

Port Moresby's Governor Powes Parkop is behind the push for electoral reform with the aim of raising the number of serving female MPs which stands at just three in a 111 seat parliament.

And Governor Parkop believes that political equality for women in PNG can only be achieved by changing the law.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Powes Parkop, Port Moresby Governor

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