*** Statement from the People’s National Congress, General Secretary, Mr. Joseph Kup. ***
“The 2017 National Elections are a time for the people of Papua New Guinea to decide who is the best equipped and most capable leader for their province or district.
“The people of Papua New Guinea deserve correct and factual information to make informed decisions before going to vote on the 24th of June.
“It is not fair or right that during this election campaign, our people have been bombarded with numerous lies, false stories, and claims of pending court cases.
“During these past five weeks of campaigning, I have seen the increasing number of personal attacks and the increased number of fake stories appearing on social media.
“In some cases, this has been the lowest forms of gutter politics used to try and discredit contesting candidates and sitting members.
“This simply disgusts me, and it is not becoming of potential candidates or sitting MP’s to behave in this fashion.”
“I am placing a call out to all party Presidents, General Secretaries, party executives, sitting members, and candidates, to be very mindful of your actions during these last three weeks of campaigning.
“I have extended the same sentiment to all PNC sitting members and candidates.
“Our Party Leader, Hon. Peter O’Neill and I will not tolerate any low-level gutter politics within the PNC. We will win on our delivery and merit.
“I ask that all candidates focus on your policies, what you have achieved, what you want to deliver, and the strategies you will employ for the people within your province or district.”
“The people and supporters of PNG are bright and intelligent, and they know when they are being deceived. I ask you to trust in your campaigning abilities, and continue to deliver your message.”
“You will not see the PNC behave in any other manner than professional and providing quality leadership credentials. We look forward to a fair and challenging last three weeks of campaigning with the respect that all parties deserve.”