CDI continues to work with the Papua New Guinea Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC) to deliver a series of workshops designed to strengthen and professionalise PNG political parties. The workshop series is a component of IPPCC’s five year Learning and Development Plan that aims to build the capacity of party officials so that senior party officials can better manage and administer their parties; party members have greater opportunities to play active roles within political parties; and voters have a clearer understanding of parties’ policies in the lead up to the 2017 election.
The latest workshop in the series was held in Lae from 18-20 June and was attended by twenty-nine party officials. At the direction of the Registrar of Political Parties, the workshop was designed to provide a review of the core fundamentals of party administration. This allowed participants to reappraise their knowledge, and for new workshop participants to build their knowledge in these areas. The workshop addressed other issues including developing a supporter base, fundraising, and party viability outside of parliament. It also included information sessions on the requirements of political parties under the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC) to assist parties to comply with their obligations.
CDI continues to work with IPPCC to design tailored support for the effective implementation of its Learning and Development Plan.