PNG MPs must vacate office by 20 April

Members of Papua New Guinea Parliament have been told to vacate their offices by 20 April when the writs for the general election will be issued.

“Once the writs are issued, we’ll start moving people out of this house and get ready for the new intake,” Acting Clerk of Parliament Kala Aufa told The National.

He said the face recognition machines on all doors would be cleared from April 20.

Parliament staff will also start cleaning and refurbishing offices.

Speaker Theodore Zurenuoc will be writing to all MPs this week advising them of the date to vacate the offices.

Aufa, who has been acting clerk for the last two years, said the ninth parliament “had done it all”.

“I believe that this Parliament has done very well,” he said.

“I’m happy with the outcomes.”

Aufa said there was more debate and passage of bills in this Parliament than in any other.

“Last week for example, in one session, we had 14 questions,” he said.

The acting clerk said there had been a staff restructure in Parliament.

“We hope that when the new MPs come, we’ll be able to provide a better service,” he said.

The next Parliament is scheduled to have its first session on Aug 1 after the return of writs.

“Our team is now working on preparing for induction for the new MPs,” Aufa said.