DEPUTY Prime Minister Belden Namah has questioned the wisdom in holding the general election during a visit by the Prince of Wales and his wife in June.
He raised the concern in parliament in light of also the incomplete common roll update by the Electoral Commission and security preparations.
Namah said during debate last Friday that Papua New Guinea was part of the Commonwealth and election was a key feature of its member countries.
He said the royal visit in June, when there was likely to be election-related violence, was not good.
Namah said it was in the interest of the nation that a fair and just election be conducted using the bio-metric system which would take at least six months to be commissioned.
The other reason he raised to warrant the putting back of the election was the LNG project construction which should peak between March and September this year.
Tari-Pori MP and chairman of Hela Transitional Authority James Marape supported that view, saying the LNG project created 3.5% of the growth rate enjoyed by the country.
He suggested that the two events should not overlap.
Marape said Southern Highlands had experienced a failed election in 2002 and election-related violence should not be underestimated.
He said the number of trucks carrying cargo on the highway from Lae to the project site in Southern Highlands would increase from 200 a month to 1,000.
Election-related issues could result in delaying the LNG project schedule.
“The LNG project cannot afford to have a one-year delay.
“There will be huge cost build-up and it also needs to meet market deadline.
“The election process must not impinge on a very important project for the nation,” he said.