The 2012 national elections in Papua New Guinea: averting violence

Elections Papua New Guinea

This paper sketches out the factors which could exacerbate tensions in the 2012 national elections and sets out a series of recommended actions to avert the violence.

As Papua New Guinea gears up for the national election due to be held mid 2012, there is increasing concern that the electoral process will be marred by violence. With the country already gripped by a series of constitutional crises in the wake of the parliamentary election of Peter O’Neill as Prime Minister in August 2011, flawed elections will further dent public confidence in the government’s ability to uphold democratic principles.

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