The General Election in Papua New Guinea

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.




In May 1997 the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, received a request from the Acting Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon John Giheno MP, to establish a Commonwealth Observer Group to observe his country's fifth General Election. The elections had been called in April and would be held between 14 and 28 June 1997. This was the first time that the Government of Papua New Guinea had invited Commonwealth or other international observers to observe a general election.


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