/ 13 May 2022

A high-profile death causes election delays in PNG

Image source: United Labour Party ULP
Image source: United Labour Party ULP

Papua New Guinea’s deputy PM/Transport Minister Sam Basil died in a car accident in the country’s northern Morobe province on Wednesday night, prompting a delay in the nation’s general election. He was taken to hospital with 3 others, but later died of his injuries. PM James Marape and Basil weren’t from the same party, but the national leader said his death was a “big loss” for his colleagues and the country. Basil is the 8th MP in PNG to die during this parliamentary term, and it came just hours before nominations were due to open for the upcoming election. PNG Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai said that process has been delayed until 19 May, and voting has been delayed by two weeks to start on 16 July. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward as they investigate the crash.

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