Sir Mekere Morauta gave the assurance amid renewed uncertainty over whether the general election will proceed as scheduled. On Friday, the Governor-General is due to issue writs signalling the start of the campaign period. But there are reports many Members of Parliament want the vote delayed because of concerns over the veracity of the electoral roll. Local media has reported rumours some MPs might move a no-confidence vote against the prime minister.
Sir Mekere says Mr O’Neill is standing firm despite mounting opposition within the government. “It is very clear to people in Papua New Guinea that the PM is determined to make sure writs are issued on Friday and that the elections take place,” Sir Mekere told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat program. This week will see what should be the final sitting of parliament before the mid-year ballot.