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Papua New Guinea’s 2022 General Elections during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Meki, Theresa; Milli, Geejay

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The upcoming Papua New Guinea (PNG) national general elections, scheduled to run from April through July 2022, are worrying, due to concerns not only about the health of Papua New Guineans but also the health of PNG’s democracy. In PNG, elections — held every five years — are one of the only occasions when citizens actively engage with the state on a nationwide scale. It is a period of high activity and mobility. In the midst of the pandemic, there are certain electiontime behaviours that...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMeki, Theresa
dc.contributor.authorMilli, Geejay
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-16T22:39:43Z
dc.date.available2022-03-16T22:39:43Z
dc.identifier.issn2209-9557
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/262084
dc.description.abstractThe upcoming Papua New Guinea (PNG) national general elections, scheduled to run from April through July 2022, are worrying, due to concerns not only about the health of Papua New Guineans but also the health of PNG’s democracy. In PNG, elections — held every five years — are one of the only occasions when citizens actively engage with the state on a nationwide scale. It is a period of high activity and mobility. In the midst of the pandemic, there are certain electiontime behaviours that make them likely superspreader events. Drawing from the experiences of two recent byelections in Goroka and Port Moresby North West, this In Brief examines some of the risks and implications associated with conducting elections during the time of COVID-19 as well as some of the negative aspects of PNG elections that might reoccur in 2022.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: Dept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Pacific Affairs In Brief series: 2022/06
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceDepartment of Pacific Affairs in brief series
dc.subjectPolitics
dc.subjectElections
dc.subjectCoronavirus, Covid-19
dc.subjectPapua New Guinea
dc.subjectPacific
dc.subjectGeneral Elections
dc.titlePapua New Guinea’s 2022 General Elections during the COVID-19 Pandemic
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
dc.date.issued2022-03-16
local.publisher.urlhttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn2209-9549
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage2
local.identifier.doi10.25911/TFA1-0A41
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program



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