PNG watch­dog says no to planned fee hike

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Port Moresby: A watch dog group in Pa­pua New Guinea is op­pos­ing gov­ern­ment plans for a ten-fold in­crease in the fee that prospec­tive MPs need to pay. Last week the gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would in­crease the nom­i­na­tion charge for peo­ple want­ing to run in the na­tional election from $US310 (F$634) to $US3100 (F$6343).

It said this was nec­es­sary be­cause of the soar­ing costs of run­ning the election. But Trans­parency PNG’s chair­man, Lawrence Stephens, said years ago, when there was a pre­vi­ous push to raise the fee, the mat­ter went to court and the judge’s rul­ing then is still rel­e­vant.

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