THE OMBUDSMAN COMMISSION OFFICIALLY PRESENTS DRAFT BILLS etc. OF IT’S ENABLING LEGISLATION TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF PNG, HON. JAMES MARAPE
The Members of the Commission – Acting Chief Ombudsman, Mr Richard Pagen and Ombudsman, Mr Kevin Kepore yesterday (7 January 2020) officially presented to the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Hon. James Marape draft Bills of the Commission’s enabling Legislation and other relevant policy documents.
The Prime Minister is the Minister responsible for the Ombudsman Commission of PNG.
The draft Bills presented to the Prime Minister comprised of –
(1) The draft Bill to amend the Constitution (relevant provisions);
(2) The Draft Bill to amend the Organic Law on the Ombudsman Commission;
(3) The Draft Bill to amend the Organic Law on Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership; and
(4) The Leadership Code (Alternative Penalties) (Amendment) Bill.
The Prime Minister upon receiving the draft Bills etc. congratulated the Commission and assured the Members of the Ombudsman Commission that he will ensure to table before the Parliament the draft Bills for its deliberation.
In addition expressed that he would like the Ombudsman Commission of PNG to work with the Department of Prime Minister & NEC to further the progress of the setting up of an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in the country.