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Belden Namah proves his critics wrong, by Belden

Emperor in his own mindBELDEN NAMAH

IT IS A SHAME THAT THE PRIME MINISTER Peter O’Neil [sic] is crying foul when all along he was collaborating with the PNG Electoral Commissioner, Mr Andrew Trawen, and the so-called Australian expert advisors advising through Australian High Commissioner, Mr Ian Kemish, for opposing the deferral of the 2012 elections.

Cries have been received from all parts of PNG echoing and demonstrating that our country was and is not ready to proceed with elections this last week. What a disaster. We have more than two hundred (200) plus Australian advisors working for the PNG Electoral Commission who have assisted orchestrate this disaster. What a shame???

I speak with the weight of facts. In my own Vanimo town urban wards, the electoral rolls there were in shambles. More than 5,000 to 6,000 eligible voters’ names were not on the electoral rolls. This is an urban/town ward. You can expect worse going into the rural districts in the electorates.

The Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections envisages under sections 71 and 72 that Electoral Rolls in all its three forms i.e. ‘Preliminary Rolls, Primary Rolls & Certified Rolls’ must be ready three (3) months prior to the Issuance of Writs.

All along I have maintained the fact that PNG Electoral Commission was not ready for the National Elections as provisions under sections 71 and 72 had not been met or complied with. The PNG Electoral Commission is required to prepare and finalise the Electoral Rolls three (3) months prior to elections. However, this issue and concern was overlooked by the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and his cohorts.

Peter O’Neill denied supporting the deferral of the elections when he had physically participated and voted for the deferral in Parliament (63 FOR and 11 AGAINSTS).

We had on numerous occasions held lengthy discussions on this issue and made couple of propositions. One that the caucus agreed to adopt was the proposition by Hon. Dr. Sir Puka Temu. Sir Puka actually proposed to work three (3) months back from the date of the return of writs. Which should I believe have given PNG Electoral Commission sufficient time to adequately prepare the Electoral Rolls in their certified forms.

O’Neill openly criticized me during his election campaign on my initial call to defer the elections to allow PNG Electoral Commission time to prepare properly. This move was to give all eligible voters a fair and equal opportunity to each exercise their democratic rights to vote and elect their leaders.

Peter O’Neill should be ashamed for listening to the PNG Electoral Commissioner and its Australian Advisors. The Unionist turned Politician and wannabe musician Michael Malabag should be ashamed of himself as-well for pushing for elections using the UPNG students and innocent citizens in his capacity as President of Trade Union Congress with his so-called General Secretary John Paska.

If we continue the trend of forever listening to and following foreign advice we will continue face more problems in the future. I have total confidence in our own home grown Papua New Guinean advisors and I am prepared to listen to them. The sad fact is that half of the Papua New Guinean eligible voting population will likely and have unfairly been deprived casting their votes and exercising their democratic right.

We MUST be patriotic and nationalistic in our approach towards decision making for the future of our country. This is a duty we owe to ourselves and our children.

This entire situation could have been avoided had Peter O’Neill stood by his cabinet and parliament resolutions. Peter O’Neill and Andrew Trawen should both be held responsible and accountable for the ill-prepared Electoral Roll and National Elections which are in disarray.

I challenge Peter O’Neill to stop crying over spilt milk. You have done injustice to this country. You have failed the people of Papua New Guinea.

I have always emphasized; “People will criticize me for decisions I make now, but in the future they will look back while they relax in the comforts of their homes and say, “THANK YOU or WE SALUTE YOU Belden Namah”.


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Yuambari Haihuie

To quote the poet,

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Colin Huggins

OMG! How may people in Australia, and maybe PNG, saw Belden Namah on SBS news tonight? And he even had on his orange Hawaiian shirt.

He is nothing less than the loosest cannon. If by strange means this man becomes the new PM, I can't imagine any country doing any business with PNG. Maybe Zimbabwe. It will be a disaster .

This fellow will make the Somare clan and their questionable antics look like Archangels Gabriel.

Seems that PNG citizens have plenty to think about and quick smart.

Peter Kranz

I remember the 2007 election - when nearly a third of my staff found they were not on the electoral roll, although had been for previous elections.

Although one enterprising fellow found he was on the roll at three different polling stations, so managed to vote three times and get three cash handouts!

So if things are as bad this time around, who is to blame? And who had five years to fix it?

It is also worth checking Susan Merrell's psychological analysis of Namah's recent behaviour.

"For a man traumatized by his time in prison, returning there must be the nightmare that won't go away. With each and every impulsive, ill-conceived act, Namah gets closer to that probability.

"Namah is fighting for his very emotional survival. He believes that his money will deliver this up.

"I feel desperately sorry for Belden Namah, but more so for the people who may be on the receiving end of Namah's barely internalized hatred and loathing.

"Don't let there be a war before the unjustly disgraced Captain Belden Norman Namah is stopped. He needs professional help - not to be made prime minister."


Harry Topham

I recall that some time last year the Electoral Commissioner requested funding to the tune of of K125 million to get the roll ready for forthcoming election this year.

Begs the question was that amount advanced and if so what happened to all the funding?

Over to you Belden

Terry  Shelley

Belden Nama's prediction that the election and common roll would be a mess is the equivalent to me predicting that the sun will rise tomorrow morning as usual.

Colin Huggins

For goodness sake. Can't someone remove that so-called person of "Imperial Roman" glory out of that ridiculous chair?

I wonder how much he paid to have the people carry him forth in such splendour. One would have at least thought he would have checked his history books and seen that the Emperors of Rome were dressed in "Imperial Purple" and not an Hawaiian style shirt!

David. I think "Great Nitwit" would be more appropriate.

David Wall

I've not quite decided what to call Belden Namah: Great Leader, Dear Leader or Brilliant Comrade!

Susan Merrell

Namah stated the obvious about the EC not being ready (has it ever been) to prolong his hold on power and now is claiming the credit for being right - he thinks his constituency is stupid.

However, his tactic of blaming the 'foreign devil' ie, the Australians, is a dangerous one and one that is gaining him support.

Here's a posting that I published on Sharp Talk....

For a dictator to establish himself, he will need popular support.

Historically, this has been done by many nations by identifying a foreign enemy and demonizing him under the guise of patriotism and nationalism. (Sounding familiar?)

It was why newly-established nations went to war, it was why Adolf Hitler demonized the Jews. It's called 'nation building', and it does just that - but at what cost?

Nazism was the most evil incarnation of nationalism that the world has ever known.
Belden Namah is using this time-tested tactic, the foreign devils are the Australians. Yet Namah has not recognized his own culpability in the shambles that are these elections.

If he truly wanted a fair election he would have kept his money in the bank and won votes on his leadership qualities alone - his tactics are testament that he has little faith that he has any.

Namah clearly does not think PNG has enough collective intelligence to see through his manipulations. Please, PNG, show him he's wrong. The enemy lies within.

Paul Oates

Reg, wasn't it that notable dictator's henchman who said: 'The bigger the lie, the more people believe it.'

I wonder what might happen if the source of BN's riches were to be revealed?

I also notice that Somare hasn't explained why his income statements are still not on record?

Still, they are not alone. When Paul Keating was Deputy PM and Treasurer (and therefore in charge of the Australian Tax Office), he neglected to put his tax returns in for three years.

Apparently that's OK when you are working at such exalted levels.

Reginald Renagi

Belden Namah got his stats wrong. It's not 200 but more like 20 AusAID Advisers.

BN is insulting the intelligence of the PNG voters by coming up with this election-motivated BS.

He's trying to blame Australia and the Electoral Commission, but it's a real cop-out to win the grassroots votes by this cheap shot below the belt at his former boss, Peter O'Neill.

Namah is guilty by association with the last two governments before the country went to the polls and thus should also cop part of the blame he's now directing at Peter O'Neill.

PNG voters must not be easily conned by this latest blame-game antics of a former DPM in the last O'Neill government.

Belden Namah has just shown to the public and regional governments, especially Australia, that he is an impulsive pollie who is immature; and a 'loose-cannon' in any government coalition.

His latest media attack on former PM, Peter O'Neill, clearly shows Namah does not have what it takes to be a credible leader for a future PM for PNG.

Carl Nengi

As usual, the joke of PNG politics in his element dishing out self serving media releases and flawed generalisations about perceived drivers of PNG's problems.

How long will this country put up with this dumb scumberg.

Electoral roll issues have always been a problem for PNG during elections, but for this election it is magnified through active use of social media by the masses.

Leadership should be about solutions and not blame - what has the incumbent government done over the last 5 years to be waking up on election day barking like stray dogs.

Namah should know better. Stop blaming Australia and other foreign governments for once and own the problem at hand Namah!

I doubt Vanimo Green will go forward as it is almost certain from reliable voting public on the ground in Vanimo Green that Namah could be losing this election - this latest rant from Namah is a precursor to what could be a long court battle that will follow when he is ousted after the counting which start next week.

Hopefully the lawsuit that follows will be against the electoral commission and not the new member for Vanimo Green.

John Wali

"...We have more than two hundred (200) plus Australian advisors working for the PNG Electoral Commission who have assisted orchestrate this disaster..."

Powerfull charge, this one, if indeed there were 200 AUSAID advisers, how did they get it so wrong?? Or if they advised correctly, did anybody listen?? Kinda late now, couple more weeks and we'll know if Belden is correct or not. From all indication it appears he got it right!!

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