In Papua New Guinea, government to table constitutional amendment seeking to limit frequency of no confidence motions

By Mahnoor Jehangir, 4 March
Parliament of Papua New Guinea (photo credit: Drew Douglas / flickr)
Parliament of Papua New Guinea (photo credit: Drew Douglas / flickr)
The recent proposal for a constitutional amendment, seeking to limit the frequency of motions of no confidence (VoNC) in the national government, is stirring discussions across the political spectrum. The proposed Constitutional Amendment (Motion of No Confidence) Law 2024, which is set to be debated in the May Parliament sitting, introduces a significant shift in the parliamentary process, potentially altering the dynamics of political stability and government continuity in the nation. [...] The amendment proposes the addition of a new subsection to Section 145 of the Constitution. This addition aims to establish an 18-month moratorium on VoNC motions following either a successful or unsuccessful vote. [...] The proposal has ignited a flurry of debates among politicians, legal experts, and the public alike. Proponents argue that it will lead to greater government stability and allow for more effective policy implementation. Critics, however, warn of the risks to democratic processes, fearing that limiting VoNC motions could reduce the government's accountability to the Parliament and, by extension, to the electorate.
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