Papua New Guinean general election, 1977

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General elections were held in Papua New Guinea between 18 June and 9 July 1977.[1] They were the first election since independence from Australia in 1975. The result was a victory for the Pangu Party, which won 40 of the 109 seats. Voter turnout was 60.3%.

There were ten women candidates in total, and three - Nahau Rooney, Waliyato Clowes and Josephine Abaijah - were elected. Until 2012, when three women were also elected, 1977 was the high-point of women's parliamentary representation in PNG.[2]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Pangu Party 35.0 40
People's Progress Party 15.0 20
United Party 10.0 24
Papua Besena 5.0 6
Country Party 3.0 0
National Party 2.0 2
Mataungan Association 3
Bougainville Lobby 2
Independents 30.0 11
Vacant - - 1
Invalid/blank votes - -
Total 970,172 100 109
Source: Nohlen et al., IPU

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p770 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ Sepoe, Orovu, "To make a difference: Realities of women’s participation in Papua New Guinea politics", Development Bulletin, no. 59, 2002, p.40. (Electronic version)

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