Office of the Bougainville President
BUKA - Bougainvilleans are being urged to vote responsibly during the by-election for the regional seat currently underway.
“The Bougainville regional seat is equivalent to a governor’s seat in other provinces so this is not a time to vote for beginners,” says President Ishmael Toroama.
“We need quality and experienced political leaders with active national and international links, who can fight for Bougainville independence, on the floor of the Papua New Guinea Parliament.
“There are six candidates from which you are to make your choice of 1, 2 and 3.
“I appeal to you to put party politics aside and vote for who will best deliver the referendum result and independence for Bougainville,” Toroama said.
Since the inception of Bougainville autonomy following the civil war, there has been a lack of coordination between the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and the four Bougainville national members of parliament.
Past Bougainville administrations have even tried to curb the problem by nominating their own candidates to contest national elections, but to no avail.
So Bougainville’s national MPs have more often than not operated outside of the ABG’s purview.
This has meant a lack of coordination in the disbursement of district services improvement and provincial services improvement funds.
National MPs have had their own priorities outside of the ABG which has meant a lack of harmonisation in the provision of government services in Bougainville.
President Toroama encourages people to vote for a leader who will work with the ABG and fight for Bougainville’s political aspirations on independence.