39 out of the 53 registered political parties today signed the 2022 Code of Conduct for political parties, candidates, scrutineers and supporters during its launch at the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission office in Port Moresby.
The Code of Conduct is aimed at improving the integrity of the 2022 National General Elections and sets out written guidelines to govern the conduct of election stakeholders during the nomination, campaign, polling, scrutiny and after the elections.
Deputy Electoral Commission John Kalamoroh said the outcome of the election will depend on the cooperation of all the stakeholders and this initiative intends to ensure all the stakeholders play their part in ensuring that.
“This Code of Conduct is to make sure political parties come to an agreement on a set of behaviour that must be displayed during the elections to ensure it is free, fair and safe.”
“The document will guide us to come to some general understanding on how we can help each other.”
Acting Political Parties Registrar Emmanuel Pok said political parties and their candidates that they have a big responsibility in ensuring a successful election and this will depend entirely on their behaviour.