Papua New Guinean general election, 2002

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General elections were held between 15–29 June 2002 in Papua New Guinea. Sir Michael Somare's National Alliance Party won the most seats, and he went on to become Prime Minister.


e • d Summary of the 15-29 June 2002 National Parliament of Papua New Guinea election results
Parties Votes % Seats
National Alliance Party . 19
People's Democratic Movement . 13
People's Progress Party . 8
Papua and Niugini Union Pati . 6
People's Action Party . 5
People's Labour Party . 4
Christian Democratic Party . 3
Melanesian Alliance Party . 3
Papua New Guinea National Party . 3
United Party . 3
Nation Transformation Party . 2
Pan Melanesian Congress Party . 2
People's National Congress Party . 2
Pipol First Party . 2
Rural Pipol's Pati . 2
"Parties" electing 1 MP each . 9
Self-described Independents . 17
Vacant pending by-elections . 6
Total (turnout  %)   109
Source: Adam Carr's Electoral Archive. Adam Carr says about the party system: Papua New Guinea has no real party system and most Members of Parliament function as independents, although they give themselves various party labels. This tendency is reinforced by the electoral system, which combines first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies with large numbers of candidacies, making election to the House largely a matter of chance.