PNG watch dog institutions must do their appointed jobs independently of external influence

Issued by Transparency International Papua New Guinea



Transparency International PNG (TI PNG) notes the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's moves to suspend his court actions to postpone the warrant for his arrest for fraud and so allow himself to face investigation. In doing so, Mr O’Neill has submitted himself to observing the principle of separation of powers, which is a fundamental aspect of our constitution, and without which the rule of law may otherwise be compromised.

Our democracy is founded upon the effective operation of three arms of government, the executive, the judiciary and the legislature.  Without due and proper regard to such institutions and importantly, the separation of their powers, our future development aspirations and prosperity are not assured.

It is vital that our watch dog institutions do their appointed jobs properly, and independently of external influence, in accordance with and as demanded by the constitution. Their processes provide for the most effective protection of the rights of all individuals and our democracy.

In particular, we draw attention to the leadership code and its provisions for dealing with our leaders and oversight of their responsibilities in office. By design, the leadership code demands that those who hold public office are held to a higher standard of behaviour than that required of ordinary citizens. The leadership code is an important tool available to be used to assist preserve the integrity of public offices as provided under the constitution.

TI PNG reminds our elected leaders that parliament exists to represent the interest of the people, as legislators they are voted into office to represent their constituents. Accordingly, their leadership is only by the authority of the people.

In this regard, the people should be fairly and honestly represented, which also requires that they be listened to. Our chosen and constitutionally appointed leaders must also honour the right of freedom of speech in its various forms including the use of peaceful protest.


For any press enquiries please contact

Yvonne Ngutlick
Communications & Public Relations Officer
Transparency International PNG
T: + 675 320 2188/82
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Solicitude

Support Transparency International

الأبعاد الخطيرة للتعديلات الدستورية المقترحة في مصر

يتأهب نواب البرلمان المصري للمصادقة على سلسلة من التعديلات الدستورية، التي ستؤدي في حال تمريرها إلى ترسيخ مزيد من السلطة بيد الرئيس، وتنصيب الجيش مجددا كأعلى سلطة في البلاد.

The alarming message of Egypt’s constitutional amendments

Parliamentarians in Egypt look set to approve a series of constitutional amendments this week that, if passed, would consolidate power in the office of the president, while restoring the military as the ultimate authority in the country.

Восточная Европа и Центральная Азия: слабая система сдержек и противовесов

Индекс восприятия коррупции (ИВК) за этот год представляет печальную картину касательно мер по борьбе с коррупцией в Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии. За несколько лет в этом регионе был достигнут очень незначительный прогресс в борьбе с коррупцией.

الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا: انتشار الفساد في ظل ضعف المؤسسات وتراجع الحقوق السياسية

كشف مؤشر مدركات الفساد 2018 عن صورة قاتمة لواقع الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا حيث أن معظم بلدان المنطقة قد أخفقت في مكافحة الفساد على الرغم من أن قلة قليلة من البلدان قد أحرزت تقدما تدريجيا.

Afrique subsaharienne:Les régimes non démocratiques sapent les efforts de lutte contre la corruption

L’Indice de perception de la corruption (IPC) présente cette année un tableau bien sombre de l’Afrique : seuls 8 pays sur 49 obtiennent un score supérieur à 43 sur les 100 points que compte l’Indice. Malgré l’engagement pris par les dirigeants africains de faire de 2018 l’Année africaine de lutte contre la corruption, les avancées concrètes se font encore attendre.

Trouble at the top: why high-scoring countries aren’t corruption-free

For the third year running, the top seven countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 consist of the four Nordic nations – Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway – plus New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland. Yet that doesn’t mean that these countries are corruption-free.

Americas: el debilitamiento de la democracia y el auge del populismo

Con una puntuación media de 44 sobre 100 durante tres años consecutivos en el Índice de Percepción de la Corrupción (IPC), las Américas continúa sin lograr avances significativos en la lucha contra la corrupción.

Why rather

Follow us on Why rather