Churches : Free, Fair, Just Election

BY GRACE AUKA SALMANG

The PNG Council of Churches has urged the people, the destiny of the nation remains with them and would like to see a free, fair and just national election.

Deputy chairman of the PNG Council of Churches, John Ribat, made this call yesterday saying with campaigns already underway, all citizens of the nation must exercise their rights to vote freely, fairly and just.

“This is because; it has happened in the past that individuals or groups were made to vote according to what people have marked and decided for them.

“We call on the law enforcing agencies to be there at every polling booth so that what we are advocating will be done under good supervision, to ensure that people choose their candidates according to their choice,” Cardinal Ribat, the Catholic archbishop of Port Moresby, said yesterday.

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Cardinal Ribat, the Catholic archbishop of Port Moresby.

When paying tribute and congratulating the current ruling government, the council’s general-secretary, Reverend Roger Joseph, said this election period signifies the end of the country ending the ninth parliament, the parliament that just ended the first 40 years of struggle as a young nation.

“We call on the civil society not to consider the integrity of a political party as a standard to make a choice of a leader, but to consider personal integrity as the standard of choice of a leader, because in the end, it is the personal integrity that either will bless or curse a political party, more so, a ruling government.

“Biblically, the churches see this as the end of captivity and the beginning of prosperity, and therefore congratulate our successive national leaders for the way they have contributed to the growth of the nation.

“As all members of the ninth parliament look to the polls of either your return or your release, the PNG Council of Churches stand in solidarity together with all the heads of churches to wish you well as you go into polls,” Joseph said.

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