1982 Papua New Guinean general election

General elections were held in Papua New Guinea between 5 and 6 June 1982.[1] The result was a victory for the Pangu Party, which won 51 of the 109 seats. Voter turnout was 52%.


A total of 1,125 candidates contested the election,[2] of which seventeen were women. Only one, Nahau Rooney, was elected. She had been standing for re-election, as had MPs Waliyato Clowes and Josephine Abaijah, who both lost their seats.[3]


Following the elections, several elected MPs changed their party affiliation; the Pangu Party gained ten MPs to hold 61 seats and the National Party gained six MPs to hold 19. The People's Progress Party lost a seat, while the Melanesian Alliance lost two and the United Party lost three. All members of the Diro Independents Group left to join other parties, with no MPs left sitting as independents.[4]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Pangu Party 34.0 51 +21
National Party 10.0 13 +11
People's Progress Party 10.0 14 –2
United Party 7.2 9 –15
Melanesian Alliance Party 8.6 8 New
Diro Independents Group 6.9 7 New
Papua Besena 1.6 3 –2
Papua Action Party 0.8 0 New
Independents 20.9 4 –23
Invalid/blank votes 43,694
Total 2,412,810 100 109 0
Votes cast 1,194,114
Registered voters/turnout 2,309,621 51.7
Source: IPU, Nohlen et al.


When the newly elected National Parliament met, Michael Somare was elected Prime Minister, defeating John Momis 66–40. Dennis Young was elected Speaker.[5]

Position Member
Prime Minister Michael Somare
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of National Planning and Development
Minister of Primary Industry
Paias Wingti
Minister of Commerce and Industry Karl Stack
Minister of Correctional Services Pundia Kange
Minister of Culture and Tourism MacKenzie Jovoka
Minister of Decentralisation John Nilkare
Minister of Defence Epel Tito
Minister of Education Barry Holloway
Minister of Environment and Conservation Halalu Mai
Minister of Finance Phillip Bouraga
Minister of Foreign Relations and Trade Robbie Namaliu
Minister of Forests Lukas Waka
Minister of Health Martin Tovadek
Minister of Home Affairs Roy Evara
Minister of Justice Tony Bais
Minister of Labour and Employment Kaspar Angua
Minister of Land Bebes Korowaro
Minister of Media Boyamo Sali
Minister of Minerals and Energy Francis Didman
Minister of Parliamentary Services Pita Lus
Minister of Police John Giheno
Minister of Public Services Tony Siaguru
Minister of Public Utilities Michael Pondros
Minister of Religion, Youth and Recreation Tom Awasa
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Matthew Bendumb
Minister of Urban Development Kala Swokim
Minister of Works and Supply Pato Kakarya


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p770 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ Papua New Guinea IPU
  3. ^ Sepoe, Orovu, "To make a difference: Realities of women’s participation in Papua New Guinea politics", Development Bulletin, no. 59, 2002, p.40. (Electronic version Archived 2009-09-13 at the Wayback Machine)
  4. ^ Nohlen et al., p774
  5. ^ "The Chief" regains his leadership after a bitter PNG campaign Pacific Islands Monthly, September 1982, pp15–17