But politics is a man's game in PNG and less than four per cent of the 3,400 candidates are women.
Our PNG correspondent Liam Fox caught up with two women who are trying to address the political gender imbalance.
Correspondent: Liam Fox, PNG correspondent
Speaker: Janet Snape, businesswomen and candidate for seat of Moresby North West; Ms Tekwie, leader of the PNG Greens party; Dame Carol Kidu, outgoing opposition leader
Listen to the complete story at Radio Australia, published 22 June 2012.