EDITED BY KEITH JACKSON
Edited extracts from the TIPNG Domestic Election Observation Report 2022 compiled by Transparency International PNG (TIPNG). The full report can be downloaded here
PORT MORESBY - The accumulated failings in the preparation, conduct, delivery and conclusion of the 2022 national general election resulted in significant issues impacting the quality of the elections.
Many eligible voters could not freely, fairly or safely vote, and consequently their views were not taken into consideration in the formation of the 11th national parliament.
Continue reading "Political leaders enabled PNG election flaws" »
GOROKA - Election season in Papua New Guinea is usually a very tumultuous time for all involved.
Since independence elections have evolved as a kind of modern day warfare fought between various tribes across a nation of more than 800 language groups.
Over the course of time, this Western process of appointing leaders has been modified to align with elements of Melanesian culture.
Continue reading "Election PNG: Far from founding fathers vision" »
The invigilators didn’t care who won the election, as long as the sitting member’s henchmen were not able to push false votes or influence the counting
Poll workers demonstrate that ballot boxes are empty before voting commences
PORT MORESBY – ‘Bigmanship’, in Simon Davidson’s, 'Bigmanship: the deliverer of corrupt leaders', is such a strange and new term.
If you look at it in the construct of Simon’s article, it’s like watching the vomit of over-analysis give life to something that is a post-colonial media construct.
Continue reading "Today's tribes are not loyal to their own" »
Every day there was gunfire in Enga Province. Constant reports of death and destruction poured in from almost every district. Property valued at millions of kina went up in smoke - shops, homes, schools, health facilities
PORT MORESBY - I had terrible dreams, some so scary they made me sweat, in the last couple of weeks I was up there in Wabag.
Maybe my poor brain recorded so much destruction, crime, violence, atrocities and human rights violations that the events kept resurfacing in my sleep.
Continue reading "Out of the terror & death, it’s time for peace" »
More than 100 women leaders protested about the way in which their right to vote was taken away by corruption, violence and intimidation by male candidates and their supporters
OROVU SEPOE, LESLEY CLARK & TEDDY WINN
| Devpolicy Blog
CANBERRA - The results of the 2022 PNG elections confirm that women will once again sit in PNG’s parliament, after a hiatus of five years.
The 2022 elections were therefore not exactly a repeat of the 2017 elections for women candidates, but much more work is needed if significant numbers of women are to be elected.
Continue reading "Women struggled against electoral barriers" »
Traditionally women exercised power on matters such as food security, children’s health and education. In matrilineal settings, they can exercise total authority over the distribution and use of land
CAIRNS - I believe Terence Wood (‘What went wrong with the 2022 elections’) has made some pertinent observations.
He has picked out a number of factors that are increasingly impacting the safe and orderly conduct of elections.
I would add a couple more to the mix.
Continue reading "How to give women a say in PNG governance" »
For Major-General Goina, the PNGDF's role is about humanity - the duty to care wrapped around a desire for peace, safety and well-being for women and children
PORT MORESBY - Elections come and go, governments rise and fall, yet democracy remains.
We say that Papua New Guinea’s national election is the pillar of democracy but to me they are the culvert into which this nation’s free river of democracy is piped, felt and expressed.
The PNG Defence Force is an old institution, much older than the birthdate of this nation with roots buried deep in time amid the battlefields of World War II.
Continue reading "PNGDF chief: Care for our people & country" »
I’ve spoken to electoral officials who told me about the death threats they received. I’ve heard of candidates kidnapping officials’ family members. If other candidates’ supporters attacked your supporters last election, why not get revenge this time round?
| DevPolicy Blog
CANBERRA - The dust is still swirling, far from settled, and already people are calling the 2022 elections the worst in Papua New Guinea’s history.
Is that correct? I don’t know – the 2002 and 2017 elections provide stiff competition. And in some ways, 2022 hasn’t been as bad as I feared.
Continue reading "What went wrong with the 2022 elections?" »
“When you want my wife or my daughter, I can give them to you but when you want my power, I will never give it to you. Even if I lose, I will make my way in”
Papua New Guinea Post-Courier front page
PHILIP KAI MORRE
KUNDIAWA - According to Greek philosopher Aristotle “Man is a political animal who can work towards his highest good only as a member of a society. Man is continuously searching for an ideal society to live in."
Abraham Lincoln, one of America's greatest presidents, referred to democracy as “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Papua New Guinea accepted this concept and adopted it into our Constitution.
Continue reading "A voter's observation of a corrupted election" »
A corrupt politician’s strong tribal identity can create an impossible situation for honest candidates to succeed, and so the corrupt are re-elected
Caricatures from Wantok newspaper
PORT MORESBY - Despite colossal efforts by international partners, NGOs and other entities to rid us of corrupt leaders, we are again confronted by their resurgence after the just completed national elections.
As I see things, this is due to three cultural factors that are the salient catalysts that cause voters to install corrupt leaders election after election.
Continue reading "Bigmanship: the deliverer of corrupt leaders" »
Marape became the first PNG prime minister to be elected unopposed as 97 MPs decided to vote for him unanimously, leaving former prime minister O’Neill, comprehensively outmanoeuvred in the election, to strut out of the chamber muttering something about “a matter of conscience”
Rachael and James Marape
NOOSA – Even in the elation of victory, unanimously chosen prime minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, could not bring himself to provide hope for women to occupy a fair share of seats in PNG’s parliament.
“Women do not need special seats, they can run on merit,” was the curt response when he was asked whether two (1.7%) of 118 seats was an adequate return for the nation’s women.
Continue reading "Election gives Marape a stranglehold on PNG" »
This afternoon Kessy Sawang joined Rufina Peter in Papua New Guinea’s parliament as the Rai Coast seat was declared in Madang Province. Two women and 116 men. Anyway, here’s what Kessy wrote after her first attempt at election, in 2017, saw her finish a close third….
RAI COAST - My name is Ms Kessy William Sawang (family and friends call me Kez).
I’m an aspiring political leader and blogger who advocates for good governance in PNG’s public sector as it is critical for development. I would like to see transformation of rural PNG in inclusive development and there is shared prosperity.
Continue reading "Kessy Sawang is woman #2 in PNG parliament" »
Rufina Peter, the new Governor of Central Province, will be the only woman in the 118 seat Papua New Guinea parliament. She is now in an influential position to advocate for a system to get more women into parliament
Governor-elect Rufina Peter - experienced, committed, courageous
NOOSA - The electors of Papua New Guinea’s prosaically-named Central Province found themselves to be also the centre of national attention today as the only one of 118 electorates to vote in a woman as their Governor and member of parliament.
Late yesterday, Rufina Peter, standing on an unlikely policy platform proposed by Peter O‘Neill’s unsuccessful People’s National Congress [see below], blitzed the incumbent Governor Robert Agarobe (Pangu) who had led the field of 22 candidates until Peter swooped to take the seat in the third last round of counting.
Continue reading "Rufina: Lone woman prepares to take her seat" »
Responsibility for the election lies with PNG but Australia’s support was clearly inadequate. A renewed Australian commitment to the Pacific demands more in helping to deliver safe and credible elections in the region
| The Interpreter | Lowy Institute
SYDNEY - It has been a difficult election period for Papua New Guinea.
Outbreaks of violence in the nation’s capital Port Moresby and other parts of the country have disrupted voting and counting, leading to the PNG Governor General granting a two-week extension to 12 August for the return of writs. This has been pared back to 5 August.
Continue reading "Troubled PNG poll should be wake-up call" »
In nearly 50 years, PNG has elected just seven female MPs. Money, culture and corruption are all working against the women trying to address the problem
Moresby North-East candidate Tania Bale casts her vote at Gordons International (Godfreeman Kaptigau, The Guardian)
| Guardian Australia | Edited extracts
See end of article for current standings of women candidates
Link here to read Jo Chandler’s complete article
PORT MORESBY - When she first tried for a seat in the Papua New Guinea parliament in 2017, Rufina Peter was a political novice who’d had a gutful.
While many candidates solicit votes with lavish feasts and hollow promises, her shoestring campaign – handing out copies of her CV – struck a chord. She won the highest vote of any woman in the country, albeit not enough.
Continue reading "The fight to elect women to PNG's parliament" »
Jacob Luke’s death ought to be a good lesson that the struggle for power, and the death and destruction of this year’s national elections, is not worth it if a man can die anytime, anywhere without saying goodbye
School mates, brothers-in-law and successful Enga businessmen Paul Kurai (left) and the late Jacob Luke at Kurai’s Ribito Hotel in Wabag recently
| Edited extracts from an article in The NationalWeekender
The death of Jacob Luke
Engan icon Jacob Luke was found dead in the jungle near his new Mukeres mansion at Lakolam village in Wabag, a few kilometres up the Highlands Highway towards Porgera.
Nobody had noticed his disappearance on Wednesday 20 July until a team of Digicel PNG technicians, there to erect a new tower, found his body in the bush the next day.
Continue reading "Death in the jungle & the savage aftermath" »
For years Australia has had a mute response to these problems, especially the extent of weaponry that has spread through the country that now threatens the viability of the state. Politicians arm their supporters - Michael Main (Twitter)
Vehicles burn and ballot papers cover the ground in just one of scores of attacks on voting in PNG
MIRANDA FORSYTH & GORDON PEAKE
| Guardian Australia
CANBERRA - Elections in Papua New Guinea are notoriously volatile and dangerous.
But this year’s elections have involved violence, intimidation, corruption as well as administrative ineptitude on what looks like an exceptional scale.
Continue reading "Australia cannot ignore PNG election violence" »
Real leadership has several defining factors, not least humility, ethical behaviour and the ability to place the welfare of the people and communities above personal ambition and benefit
TUMBY BAY - Yet again a Papua New Guinean national election has turned into a spectacle of mindless violence and corruption.
There are two weeks to go before each electorate’s writs have to be returned, the deadline having been extended from today to 12 August.
Continue reading "Ridding ourselves of violence & corruption" »
Elections need to proper planning and management. But this election has repeated previous experience, with 50 known deaths, arson, destruction of property and 3,000 people displaced from their homes
Houses burn in Enga Province
| The Interpreter | Lowy Institute
PORT MORESBY - Violence is a mainstay of Papua New Guinea’s elections.
As I write this article, tensions are high in the capital Port Moresby. Reports of machete wielding men slashing innocent bystanders along the city’s main roads and fears of retaliation fill my social media feed.
Continue reading "PNG’s election: Death, arson & destruction" »
Papua New Guinea shamed internationally as candidates’ supporters turned the streets of Port Moresby and some surrounding settlements into a battlefield. Eighteen men arrested as police investigations continue
Troop carriers approach Port Moresby's business district as they move to restore peace in the city (PNGDF)
| Asia Pacific Report
AUCKLAND - Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) troops have been directed to patrol the streets of Port Moresby in support of police trying to restore peace in the city.
The deployment followed rioting and machete attacks on civilians across the city triggered by unrest at the general election counting centre in Waigani.
Continue reading "Troops out in force on streets of Port Moresby" »
PORT MORESBY - The Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea has called on prime minister James Marape and his ministers (now in caretaker mode pending the outcome of the national election) to return to Port Moresby and address the current crisis of election-related violence.
Dozens of people have been killed in election-related violence and 3,000 people have been displaced by conflict. UN officials have also received many reports of sexual abuse, including abuse of children
Front page splash (PNG Post-Courier). Most people would describe the death and destruction of the 2022 election as being worse than chaotic
NOOSA – Port Moresby city manager Ravu Frank has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” a fight between supporters of election candidates that spilled out into the streets of Waigani yesterday afternoon.
Machete-wielding men rampaged from the counting centre at Sir John Guise Stadium towards the Vision City shopping centre and the luxurious Stanley Hotel, randomly slashing passers-by, some seriously.
Continue reading "Election conflict stalks the streets of Moresby" »
Remember the good times, laughter and fun, the Grand Chief said. We united PNG into one nation of diversity and cultural heritage. Make me proud of what you will become
"Rambos appeared everywhere in the province. They stoned helicopters, blocked national highways, hijacked ballot boxes, set fire to property and triggered tribal wars"
WABAG - This year’s national election has been a disaster in Enga, and for Enga. It is one of the worst since independence. Perhaps the worst.
For the first time in my life – and in the lives of many town residents, educated elites and senior citizens in this country – we did not cast our votes on that gloomy Friday 8th of July.
Continue reading "Fury, arson, chaos and death by parliament" »
Sir John Pundari says known election candidates are responsible for the unprovoked criminal violence in Kompiam Ambum which has resulted in deaths and the destruction of vital government properties worth millions of kina
Burning buildings in Kompiam, Enga Province (Teddy Piagari)
SIR JOHN PUNDARI
| Papua New Guinea Today
ENGA - We cannot blame the Electoral Commission and security personnel for criminal activities carried out by candidates or supporters.
We need to come out clear and condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms.
My district has lost government properties worth hundreds of millions of kina and I am shattered for my people and the public servants who have fled to seek refuge.
Continue reading "Pundari condemns Enga election violence" »
James Marape and Peter O’Neill seem likely to retain their seats but Allan Bird, the respected governor of East Sepik Province, is seen by many people as good prime ministerial material
Peter O'Neill casts his vote at the 2017 election. Re-elected prime minister, he was toppled by James Marape in 2019. Now a bitter battle looms for the leadership
| Pearls & Irritations | Edited extracts
CANBERRA - Voting is proceeding apace in Papua New Guinea’s tenth election for the national parliament. A record of around 3,500 candidates are contesting the parliament’s 118 seats.
In the last parliament (2017-22) there was no female MP and despite campaigns to encourage women to contest this election, only 142 of the candidates are women, compared to 167 in 2017.
Continue reading "Marape v O'Neill: Post-election battle looms" »
The election varies in many ways, including levels of cheating and violence, but one of the most basic forms of variation is the number of candidates standing
Protesters gather in Wabag town as the start of voting is delayed. Poor election organisation has led to protests, some violent, throughout PNG
| Sights & Sounds, Smells & Surrounds | The Blog of Patrick (Big Pat) Levo
| Additional edited comments from Terence Wood | DevPolicy Blog
WABAG – Democracy came under threat at Rakamanda village outside Wabag town yesterday when four ballot boxes containing voting papers were destroyed by supporters of a candidate.
Supporters of various candidates attacked a vehicle transporting 15 ballot boxes to Wapenamanda Airport to be airlifted to Maramuni government station.
Continue reading "PNG's ill-prepared election has a shaky start" »
The elections in Papua New Guinea have barely begun and they’re already in big trouble. But when that trouble reaches into the national capital itself, the venerable PNG Post-Courier newspaper goes ballistic
Tari officials check two ballot boxes arriving in Tari from Komo-Hulia District (Miriam Zarriga, PNG Post-Courier)
| PNG Post-Courier
PORT MORESBY - The headline of this editorial, ‘Disgrace!’, we believe, expresses what every eligible voter, business house and candidate in the nation’s capital feels towards the Electoral Commission of PNG.
To make a decision like this, the deferral of polling, at the very last minute on the day when this important event is to take place is absurd.
Continue reading "Election: “Highest level of incompetency!”" »
“The provision of timely, accurate and accessible information during the polling period will be critical to ensuring a democratically credible election” - Transparency International PNG chair, Peter Aitsi
NOOSA - Transparency International in Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) has deployed 300 volunteers throughout the country to observe and report on the conduct of the national elections which began yesterday.
The organisation said the delivery of the election had already faced multiple administrative, legal and logistical challenges.
Continue reading "300 election observers look out for breaches" »
“Every man has his good side,” Marape says of O'Neill. “But as time progressed, power got into his head, and his heart shifted away from the main goalpost"
Marape says of O'Neill: "Some of us reached the tolerance rate where we can’t be part of that sort of regime where you make a call and you expect everyone else to follow"
| The Saturday Paper
MELBOURNE - As Papua New Guinea’s prime minister James Marape was working the tables at a hotel gathering of his Pangu Party in Goroka, a heavily drunk man was making a nuisance of himself.
Burly police bodyguards moved in for a rough eviction. But then Marape saw the man, walked closer, embraced him, and got him to sit quietly in a corner. The prime minister had recognised an old high school classmate.
Continue reading "The complex challenges of leadership in PNG" »
Only seven of Papua New Guinea’s 65 government agencies have reported how they have spent billions of public funds provided to them in the budget since 2016
The Money Tree (painting by Channell Arivai)
NOOSA - The delivery of a peaceful election is a shared responsibility that requires broad-based leadership, says Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG).
It says a free and fair election will require a concerted effort by the police, defence force, correctional service and some government agencies working alongside the electoral commission.
Continue reading "On election violence & unaccounted billions" »
One key test for PNG’s fragile democracy will be women’s political representation. PNG is one of only three countries to have no female legislators in its national parliament
Election and security officials plan the movement of supplies, 2017 (Commonwealth Secretariat)
| Griffith Asia Insights
TOWNSVILLE - Papua New Guineans will go to the polls on 2 July - the tenth time citizens have exercised their universal suffrage since the first post-independence election of 1977.
The process started with the issuing of writs on 12 May. Sadly, the country lost its deputy prime minister in a fatal car accident the day before, resulting in the deferral of nominations by a week.
Continue reading "Pre-poll incidents foretell election violence" »
The 2022 election is shaping up to be the most violent ever despite the government purchasing armoured vehicles, imposing a ban on the 50,000 illegal firearms in the country and support from the Australian Defence Force
Men queue to vote at a Highlands election (Treva Braun)
NOOSA - The shooting of a returning officer, 30 other deaths in electoral violence, candidates’ supporters burning rivals’ vehicles and other violence have already marred Papua New Guinea’s upcoming general elections.
In a pointed article for the Asia & the Pacific Policy Society, academics Henry Ivarature and Michael Kabuni have expressed fears that the elections due to start on Tuesday 2 July are shaping up to be as bad as what was said to be “the worst one ever” in 2017
Continue reading "Violence, voting fraud to blight 2022 election" »
The smart move would be to bribe the polling officials and security officers. Less people to bribe so much cheaper. But is it worth spending eight years in jail for that? Not so smart really.
Governor Allan Bird - " I don't believe our voters are stupid. Certainly not in Sepik"
GOVERNOR ALLAN BIRD
| Academia Nomad
WEWAK - I see some smart commentators who, observing transport, food and drink provided by candidates at rallies, say this is wrong and constitutes bribery.
First of all, I don't believe our voters are stupid. Certainly not in Sepik.
Continue reading "Is it bribery to pay for campaign rallies?" »
Being an agitator can come at a high cost. In many instances, society may not be ready for the solutions the media provides. The media itself may not be ready
Scott Waide - "The role of the media as a guardian of democracy comes to the fore when people go to the polls"
| My Land, My Country
LAE - It has been a hectic three months working around the clock running pre-election workshops for journalists in all four regions through the media development initiative of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The most important part of the training for many of those journalists who attended has been the discussion around the role of the media in Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "The vital roles of the media in our country" »
The observer group at the 2017 election was strongly criticised for its perceived failure to identify many substantial problems around voting
Commonwealth observer speaks with voters in Hela Province, 2012 (Treva Braun | Commonwealth Secretariat)
NOOSA – A former president of Nauru, Baron Waqa, will lead the Commonwealth Observer Group to Papua New Guinea’s national election next month.
At the invitation of the PNG Electoral Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat will deploy the Group to observe and report on the country’s national election scheduled to begin on 2 July.
Continue reading "Commonwealth observers ready for action" »
Given Facebook’s domination of social media in Papua New Guinea, it was concerning that researchers found strong indications of organised, politically motivated activity using inauthentic accounts to impersonate incumbent politicians
CAITLYN MCKENZIE & BEN CONNABLE
| DT Institute | Lowy Institute
WASHINGTON DC - How many Facebook accounts and pages claim to belong to Papua New Guinea’s prime minister James Marape?
Between 20 and 35, depending on the point in time and your definition, none verified by the platform.
Continue reading "PNG elections: the dangers from social media" »
Aren’t you tired of voting for male candidates after 47 years of terrible results? What more excuse is there not to vote for female candidates?
142 women have nominated for next month's national election– just 4% of the total of 3,493 candidates. And, of Highlands candidates, a meagre 1% are women
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI – Since Papua New Guinea’s first election after independence in 1977, of the 983 MPs elected only seven (0.7%) have been women.
In the national election to be held next month, 142 women have nominated – just 4% of the total of 3,493 candidates.
Continue reading "No excuses: it’s time you voted for women" »
What they discussed has to remain as white flecks of foam, cast up by the sea’s rolling waves, particles that disappear as soon as perceived
Papua New Guinea’s national flag – the bird with a brilliant flash of yellow
MURRAY BARRACKS - It was around 5pm when I spotted a bird with a brilliant flash of yellow dancing upon a nearby branch.
Quite a contrast, I thought, as I dragged my bony frame up Signal Hill at Murray Barracks.
Continue reading "Bird with a flash of yellow: The PNGDF readies" »
Marape is as power hungry as O’Neill. They're just two Highlands egos preying on the emotions of uncritical voters
Peter O'Neill and James Marape - "Papua New Guineans, don’t be fooled by these two power hungry guys"
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - When addressing a crowd of Pangu Pati supporters in Morobe Province a week ago, prime minister James Marape issued a challenge to his predecessor, People’s National Congress (PNC) leader Peter O’Neill, and his supporters.
He invited O’Neill to a debate and dared him to explain to the country what he had done for Lae and Papua New Guinea during his eight years in office (2011-19). Marape.
Continue reading "Don’t be fooled by the two bother brothers" »
That leadership means occupying political office is twisted. That you can only make a difference if you’re an MP is delusional
Polling station in Bougainville (Commonwealth Secretariat)
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - Many young people are contesting Papua New Guinea’s national election due to start on Friday 8 July.
Some have graduated only a few months ago with new university degrees, whilst others have been working for just a few years.
Continue reading "Do our young people understand politics?" »
PNG will soon likely have a parliament of 118 seats with no women, one of only four national parliaments to present such a misogynistic face to the world
PNG politics - it's a man's, man's, man's, man's world
NOOSA - It would be easier to solve the Riddle of Tanglewood Manor than to extract from any reliable source precise and authoritative information about the election of Papua New Guinea’s 11th parliament.
But this we can be sure of. The election will extend for two weeks from 8 - 22 July. It will be for 118 seats. It will elect 22 governors and 96 MPs. That’s about it. Unless there’s a change.
Continue reading "Does PNG really dislike its women this much?" »
We cannot build a decent Papua New Guinea when extortion and bribery are the starting points to acquire political power
Dulciana Somare-Brash with the late Sir Michael Somare - "We don't have female representation in parliament and that is a huge motivator. I work in the political space as a technical advisor and I’m hoping to have success at the polls this time"
ANGORAM - I’m the only female candidate contesting the Angoram Open seat in East Sepik Province – one of the 72 candidates who have nominated so far.
That may seem like an anomaly, however the underlying truth is that the steps involved in mounting an election campaign through all its processes up until the final count are complex, exclusive and expensive.
Continue reading "Another Somare seeks to rebuild a nation" »
As women make their mark across Papua New Guinea’s public service, the country is still shamed by its total lack of female national MPs
Emily Kelton has just retired from one of the most senior electoral positions in Papua New Guinea, but she sees not one woman holding a seat in the 111-member national parliament. Perhaps this will change with the election of a new 117-member parliament in July
MY LAND, MY COUNTRY
LAE – According to many candidates who stand for election in Papua New Guinea, politics and parliament is a “man’s place”.
So where do the half of the PNG population who are women fit in?
It is an uncomfortable question, an irritating rhetorical question - one to which we already know the answer. Too often it’s the wrong answer.
Continue reading "‘Why you doing a man’s job?’ I was asked" »
East Sepik Governor Allan Bird MP - "Behave in ways that best represent our values"
GOVERNOR ALLAN BIRD
| Academia Nomad
Good behaviour is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of great strength. Let the ballot box speak
WEWAK – I’ve seen a number of strong comments from young Sepiks and other coastal citizens in support of electing a coastal prime minister.
So let me share my observations on whether this outcome is possible and what it would take to achieve it.
Continue reading "Advice to a young, ambitious politician" »
Governor Gary Juffa - a formidable politician and not someone an inexperienced candidate would want to take on
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - I once listened to a talk on a case study drawn from the Oro provincial election of 2017.
It dealt particularly with the challenges women face in elections.
Being from Oro, I listened with interest but was disappointed when I heard the findings, which were not a good reflection of Oro politics.
Continue reading "Note to candidates: Avoid unwinnable seats" »
Allan Bird - "If you liked the job I did, give me the mandate to serve you another term"
| Academia Nomad
The nomination speech of East Sepik Governor Alan Bird is a model for Papua New Guinea's politicians
WAIGANI – Papua New Guinea’s incumbent politicians are seeking re-election. Generally their campaigns feature one of two narratives.
The first narrative tells voters why the incumbent did not deliver services (for non-PNG readers, our politicians are enabled by law to provide services apart from their law-making duties).
Continue reading "Governor Allan Bird’s narrative of success" »
Scrutineers at the national election in 2017 (Johnny Blades RNZ)
Democracy was hijacked with the vote undermined by brazen electoral fraud and unprecedented violence and insecurity - PNG Election 2017
NOOSA – China is offering assistance to curb election violence in Papua New Guinea, according to a report in today’s The Australian newspaper.
The story by Ben Packham, the paper’s well-connected foreign affairs and defence correspondent, comes ahead of PNG’s five-yearly election starting on Friday 9 July and finishing on Wednesday 22 July after a two-week delay for reasons that are unclear.
Continue reading "China lines up to support PNG’s late election" »
ADELAIDE - While Phil Fitzpatrick's hypothesis in Dividing Not Blending: Multiculturalism in Oz, is broadly correct, I think it is wrong to say categorically that Australia is an unsuccessful multicultural society.
It would be more accurate to describe multiculturalism in Australia as emerging or evolving, presenting a society in which many of the institutional structures and arrangements have yet to adapt to emerging social and ethnographic realities.
Continue reading "Ethnic pressures versus white democracies" »
Sam Basil. The 'belsori' vote following his death increases the prospects of ULP candidates winning seats.
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI – Many tributes have been written about the late deputy prime minister Sam Basil MP, who died last week after a motor vehicle accident.
In this article, I will write about the impact of Basil’s death on the political party he formed in 2020 - the United Labour Party (ULP) - and its situation leading into the 2022 elections before the tragic accident that took his life.
Continue reading "Basil: distrusted in life; praised at ‘belsori'" »
Frank Jordan - "To invite New Zealanders to work in Australia but exclude Papua New Guineans shows a deep lack of respect"
| Reason Australia Party
Reason supports giving Papua New Guinea citizens the same rights to live and work in Australia as New Zealand citizens and offering them legislative protections for fair and safe working conditions
BRISBANE - Papua New Guinea is a nation of nine million people just 10 kilometres north of Australia.
Most Australians will have met someone from New Zealand which has a population two thirds that of PNG. How many can say they have met someone from PNG.
Continue reading "Reason wants equal rights for PNG visitors" »