Election 2007

Election 2007

The Shift to Limited Preferential Voting in Papua New Guinea

Edited by: R.J. May, Ray Anere, Nicole Haley, Katherine Wheen

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Papua New Guinea’s general election in 2007 attracted particular interest for several reasons. Not only did it follow what was widely acknowledged as the country’s worst election ever, in 2002 (in which elections in six of the country’s 109 electorates were declared to be ‘failed elections’), it was the first general election to be held under a new limited preferential voting system. It also followed the first full parliamentary term under the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates, which had been introduced in 2001 in an attempt to strengthen political parties and create a greater degree of stability in the national parliament, and was the first to embrace a ‘whole-of-government’ approach to electoral administration, through an Interdepartmental Electoral Committee. This volume provides an analysis of the 2007 election, drawing on the work of a domestic monitoring team organized through the National Research Institute, and several visiting scholars. It addresses key issues such as voter education, electoral administration, election security, the role of political parties, women as candidates and voters, the shift to limited preferential voting, and HIV transmission, and provides detailed accounts of the election in a number of open and provincial electorates. It is generally agreed that the election of 2007 was an improvement on that of 2002. But problems of electoral administration and voting behaviour remain. These are identified in this volume, and recommendations made for electoral reform.


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Sep 2013
ANU Press
State, Society and Governance in Melanesia
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Law; Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Pacific: Papua New Guinea

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Part 1: Issues

  1. An Overview of the 2007 Election in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 91KB)  – Andrew S. Trawen MBE, Chief Electoral Commissioner doi
  2. IDEC: The 2007 General Election through a Whole-of-Government Approach (PDF, 97KB)Paul B.B. Bengo doi
  3. Background to the 2007 Election: Political Developments (PDF, 141KB)R.J. May and Ray Anere doi
  4. The Voter Education Program: Growing a Demand for Good Governance (PDF, 152KB)Susan Ferguson doi
  5. Electoral Administration (PDF, 416KB)Nicole Haley doi
  6. Security in Southern Highlands Province (PDF, 83KB)Siale Diro doi
  7. Policing the Elections in Chimbu Province (PDF, 183KB)Thomson Fafungian doi
  8. Conducting and Securing Elections in a High-Risk Setting: The Koroba-Lake Kopiago Experience (PDF, 939KB)Chris Kenny and Nicole Haley doi
  9. Political Parties and the 2007 National Election: Alignment to Reform? (PDF, 612KB)Alphonse Gelu doi
  10. Women as Candidates and Voters: Gender Issues and the Kerema Open Electorate (PDF, 202KB)Orovu Sepoe doi
  11. The Kup Women for Peace: A Localized and Innovative Approach to Free, Fair and Peaceful Elections (PDF, 112KB)Rachael Hinton, Michelle Kopi, Angela Apa, Agnes Sil, Mary Kini, Jerry Kai, Yanny Guman and Daniell Cowley doi
  12. The Context of HIV Transmission During the 2007 Election in Enga Province (PDF, 377KB)Philip Gibbs and Marie Mondu doi
  13. Assessing the Shift to Limited Preferential Voting (PDF, 136KB)R.J. May, Katherine Wheen and Nicole Haley doi

Part 2: Electorates

  1. The Abau Open Electorate: A Second Go at LPV (PDF, 159KB)Ray Anere doi
  2. The Ijivitari Open Electorate: Women’s Participation as Candidates and Voters (PDF, 197KB)Dixon Susub doi
  3. Communication, Logistics and Inter-Agency Partnerships in the Eastern Highlands Provincial Electorate (PDF, 208KB)Michael Unage doi
  4. The Election in Chuave Open Electorate (PDF, 1.4MB)William Steven Gari Kaupa doi
  5. Limited Preferential Voting in Enga: The Wabag Open Electorate (PDF, 2.1MB)Philip Gibbs doi
  6. Religion, Politics and the Election in the Southern Highlands (PDF, 2.1MB)Richard Eves doi
  7. Guns, Money and Sex: Assessing the Impact of Electoral System Reform on Political Culture in Southern Highlands Province (PDF, 2.6MB)Nicole Haley and Ben Dierikx doi
  8. Results at any Cost? The Legacy of 2002 in Koroba-Lake Kopiago Open Electorate (PDF, 722KB)Nicole Haley doi
  9. Elections and Corruption: The ‘Highlandization’ of Voting in the Madang Open and Provincial Electorates (PDF, 289KB)Patrick Matbob doi
  10. What is Holding them Back? Reflections on one Woman’s Loss at the Polls: Usino-Bundi Open (PDF, 163KB)Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi doi
  11. Organization Takes the Spoils: The Election in Yangoru-Saussia (PDF, 188KB)Leo Yat Paol and Patrick Gesch doi
  12. The Return of the Chief: East Sepik Provincial (PDF, 206KB)R.J. May doi
  13. Political Parties and the Election in Gazelle (PDF, 222KB)Elly B. Kinkin doi
  14. Between Eagles and Flying Foxes: Elections for the Manus Provincial and Open Seats (PDF, 205KB)Steffen Dalsgaard doi
  15. Looking to 2012: Lessons from 2007 and Arising Issues (PDF, 1.4MB)Ray Anere and Katherine Wheen doi

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