Papua New Guinea

National Parliament

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
24.06.2017 to 08.07.2017
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.06.2022
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
111
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
3,332
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
3,165
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
167
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
5.01%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
44

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
As in previous elections, no party won an outright majority in the 111-member National Parliament. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's People's National Congress Party (PNC) remained the largest party. The National Alliance, led by Mr. Patrick Pruaitch, came in second, thereby becoming the largest opposition party in the new legislature. No women made it to parliament despite an increase in the number of female candidates: 167, up from 135 in 2012. On 2 August, the newly elected Parliament re-elected Mr. O'Neill (PNC) as Prime Minister. During the election campaign, many parties focused on the economy. The country's rich natural resources have been hit by falling global commodity prices. Opponents of the Prime Minister criticized the Government for high levels of unemployment, crime and poverty.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
21
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
47.73%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
22.52%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
People's National Congress Party (PNC) 25
National Alliance (NA) 15
Independents 12
Pangu Paty (PANGU) 10
United Resources Party (URP) 8
PNG Party (PNGP) 6
People's Progressive Party (PPP) 6
Social Democratic Party (SDP) 3
Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) 3
PNG National Party (PNGNP) 3
PNG Country Party (PNGCP) 1
United Party (UP) 1
People's Democratic Movement (PDM) 1
People's Labour Party (PLP) 1
Our Development Party (ODP) 1
Melanesian Alliance Party (MAP) 1
Melanesian Progressive Party (MPP) 1
Christian Democratic Party (CDP) 1
CFR 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
106
Number of women elected
0
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
0%
Other notes
Unofficial results. There are five vacant seats.
Sources
Parliament (01.08.2017, 03.08.2017) Electoral Commission SBS Australia Papua New Guinea Today Loop ABC International Foundation for Electoral Systems Radio New Zealand
Women Directly Elected
0

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
106
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
0
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
02.08.2017
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Job Pomat (Male)
Political party
People's National Congress Party (PNC)
Date of election
02.08.2017