Seven new electorates have been approved by the Parliament today after Prime Minister James Marape tabled the report on the recommendations made by the Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC).
The seven include Delta Fly in Western Province, Hiri Koiari in Central Province, Popondetta in Northern Province, Nakanai in West New Britain Province, Wau Waria in Morobe Province, Komo Hulia in Hela Province and Porgera Paiela in Enga Province.
This seven new electorates will also see the election of their respective Members of Parliament be conducted in the upcoming 2022 National General Election.
The EBC recommended 12 new electorates however upon consultation with the Electoral Commission, it has not prepared and is unable to conduct elections for all the 12 proposed electorates in the 2022 National General Elections.
The Electoral Commission further advised EBC the five proposed electorates will have their elections in the 2027 National General Elections.
The five include Baniara in Milne Bay Province, Motu Koitabu in NCD, Baining in East New Britain Province, Middle Sepik in East Sepik Province, Mendi Central in Southern Highlands Province and Anglimp in Jiwaka Province.
Mr Marape in presenting the report said the main consideration in the recommendations is the population factor apart from geography.