Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea has a national Parliament with 109 members. Since Independence, only three women have ever been elected to PNG’s National Parliament. Papua New Guinea will soon head into national elections. In accordance with the timetable set down by the PNG Election Commission, nominations for the elections closed on 27 March 2012. It is anticipated that election writs will be issued on 18 April 2012 and polls will be held on 23 June 2012. In advance of the elections, development partners have undertaken a number of initiatives to support women candidates running in the 2012 national elections.

In the 2007 elections, a total of 102 women candidates nominated, but only one (the incumbent Dame Carol Kidu) was elected. The Centre for Democratic Institutions, in partnership with the PNG Office for the Development of Women (ODW), with support from UNDP, has been running Women’s Candidates Trainings for PNG Women. UNDP and the PNG ODW will also be running a Practice Parliament for PNG Women from 23-27 April 2012, which will bring together women candidates and provide them with training which will be showcases in a Mock Parliament on 26 April 2012. Watch some of PNG's Women Candidates engaged with important policy issues during Question Time in the April 26 Practice Parliament in Port Moresby.

This website will be used to showcase women candidates in the 2012 PNG National Elections, who are committed to human rights, promoting gender equality and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, as demonstrated by their commitment to the PacWIP Candidates Pledge. Visit the website of the PNG Electoral Commission for updates on election results. So far, three women have been elected to the new 2012 Parliament - Hon Loujaya Toni (Lae Open), Hon Delilah Gore (Sohe Open) and Hon Julie Soso (Eastern Highlands Regional).

Daphne Togale Kapao
Party: Melanesian Alliance
Electorate: Tewai Siassi
Province: Morobe
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Dorothy Tekwe
Party: PNG Green Party
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Ellie Nari Waka
Party: Independent
Electorate: Southern Highlands Province Regional
Province: Southern Highland
Political Status: N/A

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Gilam Michael
Party: Country Party
Electorate: Nawaeb
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

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Grace Painale Nari
Party: Independent
Electorate: Women's Electorate for Enga
Province: Enga
Political Status: N/A

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Janet Nisa
Party: Independent
Electorate: Mendi / Munhiu
Province: Southern Highland
Political Status: N/A

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Jennifer U. Mondia
Party: Independant
Electorate: Goroka
Province: Eastern Highland
Political Status: N/A

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Josephine Toure Mandwe
Party: Independent
Electorate: Usino/Bundi
Province: Madang
Political Status: N/A

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Judy Van der Vlist
Party: Independent
Electorate: Regional Seat
Province: Jiwaka WHP
Political Status: N/A

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Julie Timothy
Party: Independent
Electorate: Usino LLG
Province: Madang
Political Status: N/A

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Laeko M. Bala
Party: PNG Labour Party
Electorate: Central Provincial Regional Seat - Governors seat
Province: Central
Political Status: N/A

Leah Angowai
Party: Melanesian Liberal Party
Electorate: Hela
Province: Southern Highlands
Political Status: N/A

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Linda Tule
Party:
Electorate:
Province: NCD
Political Status: N/A

Margaret Loko
Party: National Alliance
Electorate: National Capital District (NCD)
Province: National Capital District
Political Status: N/A

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Maria Kale
Party: League for Democracy
Electorate: Suai Sina-Sina Kamtai District
Province: Simbu Kundiawa
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Miong Kila
Party: Independent
Electorate: Huon Guld District
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

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Mittie Katu Bradford
Party:
Electorate: Huon Gulf (Salamaua Local level Government)
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

Oini Kevari
Party: Independent
Electorate: Kikori
Province: Gulf
Political Status: N/A

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Ori Bessie Posu
Party: PNG Greens Party
Electorate: Markham District
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

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Orpah Tamean
Party: Independent
Electorate: Women's Reserved Seats (not this election period)
Province: Simbu
Political Status: N/A

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Rachael Silas
Party: Independent
Electorate: Manus Regional
Province: Manus
Political Status: N/A

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Regina Sophie Kambe
Party: Independent
Electorate: Sumkar
Province: Madang
Political Status: N/A

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Rita Mok Salangia
Party: Independent
Electorate: Usinu Bundi
Province: Madang
Political Status: N/A

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Rubbie T. Kamung
Party: Independent
Electorate: Morobe Regional
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

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Ruth Francis
Party: Independent
Electorate: Manus
Province: Manus
Political Status: N/A

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Salasa Moses
Party: TBC
Electorate: Obura Wanenara
Province: Eastern Highlands
Political Status: N/A

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Sarisari Bazi Apelis
Party: League for Democracy
Electorate: Western HIghland Regional
Province: Western Highland
Political Status: N/A

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Theresa Jaintong
Party: Independent
Electorate: Centre Bougainville
Province: Autonomous Region of Bougainville
Political Status: N/A

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Antonia Maiyau Ganim
Party: Independent
Electorate: Wewak
Province: East Sepik
Political Status: N/A

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Lucy Tabagua
Party: T.H.E Triumph Heritage Empowerment
Electorate: Hela Regional Seat
Province: Hela
Political Status: N/A

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Kem Hesingut
Party: Independent
Electorate: Finschhafen
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

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Maureen Duwang Bakaia
Party: Independent
Electorate: Sohe
Province: Northern
Political Status: N/A

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Lespina Wes
Party: People's Party
Electorate: Vanimo Green
Province: Sandaun
Political Status: N/A

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Sophie Mangai
Party: Independent
Electorate: East Sepik Regional
Province: East Sepik
Political Status: N/A

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Martha Kaiun
Party: Independent
Electorate: Simbu Regional
Province: Simbu
Political Status: N/A

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Cecilia Dre Kimagl
Party: Independent
Electorate: Gena/Waugla
Province: Chimbu
Political Status: N/A

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Michelle Tony
Party: Independent
Electorate: Central Gazette
Province: East New Britain
Political Status: N/A

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Francesca Rianna Semoso OBE
Party: People's Party
Electorate: North Bougainville region
Province: Autonomous Region of Bougainville
Political Status: N/A

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Balim Sumanop
Party: Independent
Electorate: Madang Regional
Province: Madang
Political Status: N/A

Margreth Apakua
Party: PNG Greens party
Electorate: Wosera/Gawi
Province: East Sepik
Political Status: N/A

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Martha Sam Kare
Party: Independent
Electorate: Nawaeb
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

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Loujaya Toni
Party: Star Alliance
Electorate: Lae
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

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Jacoberth John
Party: Independent
Electorate: Moresby South Electorate
Province: National Capital District
Political Status: N/A

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Maria Ibai Hayes
Party: Independent
Electorate: National Capital District (NCD)
Province: National Capital District
Political Status: N/A

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Delilah Keleino Kelly
Party: Star Alliance
Electorate: Tewae Siassi
Province: Morobe
Political Status: N/A

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Matilda Koma
Party: Indigenous People's Party
Electorate: Goilala
Province: Central
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Angela Mandie-Filer
Party: Independent
Electorate: Port Moresby North East
Province: National Capital District
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Effo Tannis Mare
Party: Independent
Electorate: Finschhafen
Province: Morobe
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Caroline Abani
Party: Independent
Electorate: Alotau
Province: Milne Bay
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