Tari to host a Public Election debate
May 5, 2017 – Post Courier
Tari for the first time will create political history when all 17 candidates contesting the Tari-Pori Open will have a public debate.
Minister James Marape, as a candidate to defend the Tari Pori seat that he held since 2007, is calling for an educated debate on development issues that will enable voters to be given a fair chance to compare candidates during the election period so that the better candidate wins.
“Election comes around once every five years and our voting population in the country has a serious responsibility on hand, and that is to decide the leadership team for 2017 to 2022. Voters must not sacrifice good leaders over choice for money, material goods or tribalism.”
“Election on leadership must be based on genuine leadership qualities a candidate has, nothing more, nothing less. For us sitting MP’s, our performance in our electorates in the last five years will speak for itself.” Minister Marape said. He said since the DSIP and PSIP programs were introduced in 2012, K40 million to all districts was transferred from Waigani to all districts and a matching PSIP allocation to all provinces irrespective of which side of parliament, members and governors were seated.
“Voters now have every right to question sitting members of parliament as to where they have put their development funds, Minister Marape said. “In my case, I have since last Friday asked the 17 other candidates who nominated to contest against me to an open debate today in Tari and with two more debates later, where publicly, they can ask me of what I have done for the electorate.”
“This debate will give opportunity for my people to pass fair judgment on what I have done the last 10 years and for them to also assess the policy strength of the other candidates.”
Minister Marape said the public debate will take place today in Tari town.