2017 Papua New Guinean general election
All 111 seats in the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea
56 seats needed for a majority
Sir Michael Somare, the first Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, retired as a Member of National Parliament at the election. Somare has served continuously since he was first elected to the pre-independence House of Assembly in 1968, an unbroken term of 49 years.
The 111 members of the National Parliament are elected from single-member constituencies by preferential voting; voters are given three preferences, with a candidate declared elected once they receive over 50% of preference votes.
|20 April||Issue of Writs, opening of nominations and start of campaign period|
|27 April||Nominations close|
|24 June||Polling starts|
|8 July||Polling and campaign period ends, counting of the ballot paper begins|
|On or before
|Return of Writs, counting of the ballot paper ends|
|7 August||Return of Writs for Local-Level Government Elections|
The Return of Writs was postponed to 29 July due to few of the 111 seats being declared. The Writs were presented to Governor General Sir Robert Dadae on 29 July by Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato, with only 80 seats declared.
|Province||Region||Male Candidates||Female Candidates||Total|
|Eastern Highlands||Highlands Region||384||12||396|
|Southern Highlands||Highlands Region||116||1||117|
|Western Highlands||Highlands Region||95||3||98|
|A/R Bougainville||NGI Region||68||5||73|
|East New Britain||NGI Region||79||2||81|
|New Ireland||NGI Region||42||4||46|
|West New Britain||NGI Region||68||0||68|
|East Sepik||Momase Region||163||11||174|
|West Sepik||Momase Region||92||5||97|
|Milne Bay||Papua Region||96||5||101|
|National Capital District||Papua Region||128||13||141|
There has reportedly been less activity in the 2017 election compared to previous elections, with PNG National Party Leader Kerenga Kua saying "There is less colour, less movement, and that's not good, because you need to have some level of activity for educational purposes". Four people died in clashes regarding the election, with several candidates attacked during campaigning or nominations, to which Electoral Comisisoner Patilias Gamato said "We have not gone into polls yet but already people are engaging in violent activities, threats and intimidation — that's unnecessary."
The Bank of Papua New Guinea is concerned that 160 Million Kina of old currency which was stolen has the potential to influence the election. There are concerns in the Menyama District of Morobe Province that poor weather conditions affecting road transport could cause issues with the transportation of polling materials closer towards the election.
Significant issues with voting had arisen by late June. On 27 June, the day voting was due to begin in the National Capital District, voting in all three electorates there was delayed until 30 June after polling officials went on strike due to unpaid allowances. At least sixteen electoral officials were arrested, including NCD election manager Terrence Hetinu, who was found with US$57,000 in cash stored in his car, while NCD assistant returning officer Roselyn Tobogani was arrested after officials were found smuggling ballot papers out of the provincial election office.
Voting in Chimbu Province, Hela Province and Western Highlands Province failed to begin on schedule on 26 June due to issues with the common roll and disputes over numbers of ballot papers, while voting in Eastern Highlands Province only commenced on a limited basis amidst reports that "thousands of students" had been left off the electoral roll.
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato obtained a court order against blogger Martyn Namorong, restricting him from sharing defamatory statements against the commissioner. This came after Gamato received criticism which compared him and his surname to a tomato.
|Party||First preference votes||%||Seats||+/–|
|People's National Congress Party||1,039,940||13.16||28|
|National Alliance Party||484,300||6.13||15|
|Triumph Heritage Empowerment Rural Party||323,951||4.10||4|
|United Resources Party||310,282||3.93||10|
|People's Progress Party||273,839||3.46||5|
|Papua New Guinea Party||216,527||2.74||5|
|PNG National Party||186,279||2.36||3|
|Social Democratic Party||129,266||1.64||2|
|People's Labour Party||127,989||1.62||2|
|Grassroots United Front Party||124,223||1.57||0|
|PNG One Nation Party||103,515||1.31||1|
|Christian Democratic Party||100,731||1.27||1|
|People's Democratic Movement||100,547||1.27||1|
|Coalition for Reform Party||99,011||1.25||1|
|People's Movement for Change Party||74,747||0.95||1|
|People's Action Party||70,365||0.89||0|
|Trust PNG Party||66,513||0.84||0|
|New Generation Party||65,662||0.83||0|
|Melanesian Alliance Party||63,737||0.81||1|
|PNG Country Party||53,823||0.68||1|
|Model Nation Party||49,641||0.63||0|
|PNG Youths Party||41,017||0.52||0|
|Our Development Party||35,186||0.45||1|
|PNG Socialist Party||34,791||0.44||0|
|PNG Constitutional Democratic Party||28,702||0.36||0|
|Papua New Guinea First Party||28,323||0.36||0|
|Paradise Kingdom Party||23,239||0.29||0|
|SOM Pioneer Party||22,813||0.29||0|
|Nation's Interest Party||20,419||0.26||0|
|Melanesian Liberal Party||16,429||0.21||1|
|People’s Freedom Party||14,436||0.18||0|
|PNG Destiny Party||7,495||0.09||0|
|PNG Greens Party||7,291||0.09||0|
|Stars Alliance Party||6,502||0.08||0|
|Mapai Levites Party||6,385||0.08||0|
|National Conservative Party||2,773||0.04||0|
|Wantok In Godly Services Party||2,435||0.03||0|
|People’s Resources Awareness Party||496||0.01||0|
|Source: Development Policy Centre|
No women were elected, making Papua New Guinea one of only three or four countries in the world (as of 1 February 2019) to have no women in the legislature.
- These results omit the figures for Central Bougainville (where a recount took place) and Henganofi
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