Category Archives: NGE 2017

Electoral Commission set for polling: Gamato

By : The National

THE Electoral Commission is ready for the start of polling on June 24, says Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato.

It has started distributing election awareness materials to the 22 provinces, with the start of polling only three weeks away.

Gamato said the updated roll had been completed, the polling schedules ready, ballot papers unpacked for distribution to the provinces, the 8000 metal ballot boxes were being shipped and ink and seals were ready.

“In terms of preparation, we are ready for polling,” he told The National.

“Most of the non-sensitive materials have been delivered.

“Containers are going to provinces.

“You can see that we are already in motion to conduct the election.”

Gamato said temporary election workers would be trained to conduct polling and counting.

“By next week, we should train polling officials. Training manuals have been sent to the provinces,” ” he said.

“Election managers and returning officers have been trained, so they will do cascading training – training poll officials and count officials, as well as scrutineers.”

Gamato said the next three weeks would be critical to the success of the election.

He said one of the big task was to get Central Supply and Tenders Board to approve contracts for helicopters.

“One of our big tasks is to get the Central Supply and Tenders Board to approve contracts for helicopters, because we’ll be using helicopters in remote places,” he said.

“The Australian Defence Force will assist us, but they will only be flying materials to the main centres.

Gamato said Defence Force vessels would be used in maritime provinces such as Milne Bay.

Electoral Commission media officer Alphonse Muapi told The National posters being distributed to the provinces carried various messages on the election process.

“We have 14 different messages, one on each poster,” Muapi said.

“The posters will be distributed nationwide. Once they are sent out to provincial capitals, they will be distributed to the districts for display and awareness.”

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Manase Calls Out Poyle

June 1, 2017
Kandep
Candidate for the Kandep open seat Alfred Manase has raised concerns over the fact that sitting MP and Opposition leader Don Polye is yet to visit his constituencies in Kandep.
Mr Manase believes Mr Polye is too afraid to front up to the people who are angered by his failure to deliver on promises and fulfill pledges that he had made during the previous election.
“If Mr Polye is to visit the people, he will have to confront his failures and that would be too glaring to accept. He would see schools, aid posts and roads that are unusable and be confronted by people angry with him over a clear lack of services in the Kandep region.”
Manase has also raised concerns over the campaign strategy being employed by Mr Polye during this election.
To date, the Opposition leader has not yet set foot in Kandep.
Mr Manase believes this might be indicative of Mr Polye’s plan to commit electoral fraud as he had allegedly done in the past.
“Don Polye is hiding from the people of Kandep, and is proof that he is too scared to face up to the people he has ignored for over a decade, ” Mr Manase said.
“I am now reading in the newspaper that he has chosen to attack the Electoral Commission, the one authority who will be there to stop him from cheating as he did in 2007 and 2012.”
“Don doesn’t want the PNG Defence Force in Kandep, either; he fears having a safe and secure election will stop his people from intimidating voters in Kandep with firearms.”
“Anyone who wants to be the prime minister of Papua New Guinea needs to respect democracy. Mr Polye’s attack on the PNGDF, the Electoral Commission and local police who are not ‘loyal’ to him shows that democracy is something Don wishes he didn’t have to deal with.”
“I have spent the entire campaign period visiting the people of Kandep and seeing firsthand the consequences of Polye’s 15-year leadership. There are no roads, schools are falling apart, and there is no healthcare. What has he done with his DSIP funds?”
“Don should stop being a coward and face the people he has let down. He should not be allowed to call himself the alternative prime minister while his people are suffering like this.”

Free education policy vital: PM

By : The National

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says voters have to decide whether to keep the free education policy started by the People’s National Congress Party or support the Opposition’s plan to scrap it.

He made the point when visiting Ialibu in the Southern Highlands where he attended high school.

“I have personal experience
of how hard life is for families
when education is not free,” O’Neill said.

“I went to school in Ialibu and I know how difficult it was for
my mother to find money for school.

“I look around here today and see many of my school friends, and we all know what a challenge it was for many of our parents to pay for school.

“We had to ask for help from
our relatives and people in our village.

“I never want to see that happen to a family again.

“Poor families must be able to get an education just as much as a family with money.”

He said Opposition MPs
wanted to scrap the free education policy.

“The opposition will make parents pay school fees.

“And if families do not have enough money, their children will be thrown out of school.

“Our country is now having an education revolution, and the only way this will continue is if the people bring us back to office so we can continue our work.”

Leadership Needed to Maintain Services

 May 26, 2017KIRIWINA-GOODENOUGH

BY LEONNIE WAYANG

Basic government services like health, education and infrastructure are continuing programs that leaders have to implement.

Kiriwina-Goodenough MP, also Minister for Forest, Douglas Tomuriesa, said it is not so much the completion of these programs but their maintenance.

“We have started a lot of programs and I’m confident of coming back to continue these programs; not so much on completing them but to keep them going like health, education programs and infrastructure development programs in the electorate, which are important.”

“You cannot complete those programs, those are continuing programs,” he said.

“They are government-funded programs, and all they needed is leadership to keep 

them going,” Mr Tomuriesa said.

“I’ve done what I had to do in the last five years. Sometimes you cannot do everything in one go, but we’ve started off somewhere.”

Mr Tomuriesa said when he took office in 2012, there was no five-year development plan available.

“I found there was no five-year development plan.”

“So the first thing we did was work on a five-year development plan; and based on this development plan, we were able to achieve some of the things that we have done.”

“If you look at my election poster, the 10 policies I have basically covers the five-year development plan itself.”

“Last year, I revised the five-year development plan, and it’s now a 10-year development plan,” he added.

Give Pangu just 100 days

May 26, 2017 – BY MATTHEW VARI

Pangu Party vows to rid corruption in PNG in first 100 days in office

A Pangu Party-led government will prosecute corrupt leaders in its first 100 days in office.

Pangu leader Sam Basil told the media yesterday he would ensure that all outstanding investigated cases against leaders, both at the parliamentary and bureaucratic level, were dealt with.

Corruption cases would be pursued vigorously and some leaders may face jail time, Mr Basil, who is Bulolo MP, said.

He said the state of the economy was also high on the 100-day agenda if the voters put Pangu in office to form government.

Pangu Party, the oldest political party in PNG, has been a bitter opponent of the Peter O’Neill coalition government for the past five years.

“When we get into power and we find out where we are, we will announce our 100 days. Our 100 days will be very harsh,” Mr Basil said.

“All the outstanding cases and all the other issues about corruption, we have to deal with them to move forward, we cannot ignore them.”

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“I don’t have the right to send people to jail, but what I mean is that we will make sure that everyone who has cases will have to answer for them.”

He said at the rate the country continues to borrow while in a caretaker government mode, does not bode well for an incoming government after the National Election.

“Our problem is the economy. We have to find out where our debt is so we can chart a way forward.”

“We have to make sure that we know how many loans we have, because we do not really know now. We are guessing K45 billion.”

Mr Basil said apart from both key undertakings, Pangu will also look to ensure Independent Commission Against Corruption gets first preference to be legislated.

“We want to announce many things that we want to do now, first of all we have bring back the taskforce and legislate ICAC.

“To make sure that ICAC comes into operation, Sam Koim will be brought back and he will start doing his job again. This is one of the things that we have failed to do.”

O’Neill cheered on in Moresby South

May 26, 2017 – Post Courier

Peter O’Neill became the first sitting Prime Minister to visit Sabama in Moresby South and was greeted by 7000 cheering locals for an early evening rally yesterday.

Community leaders greeted the PM, together with NCD Governor Powes Parkop, and Member for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko. Community leaders addressed the crowd before their elected leaders, giving an account of the changes in their area, particularly in education and healthcare, that have made a real difference to their lives.

The Prime Minister made it clear to the crowd that the Opposition has made it clear that they would cut funding for these services.

“We must continue with good change, and keep delivering free education and universal healthcare to our people, not the bad change the opposition wants, which will see these essential services cut.

“Do not turn back the turn back the clock, we must keep delivering free education for our children. Our country has a great future, and we have built strong foundations.”

The Member for Moresby South said the change in the district will see the leaders of some of the world’s biggest countries meet in the district next year.

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Crowd Attending Tkatchenko and O’Neill talk at Sabama

“The Presidents of the United States, China, and Russia, and the Prime Minister of Japan, will be among world leaders who will meet in Moresby South at APEC Haus at Ela Beach.

“They will see the change that is taking place in our country and our city.”

Governor Parkop said it is time to keep embracing change. “Change does not happen because of any of us working alone.

“Because of our Prime Minister, and our Members including Justin Tkatchenko, we are delivering change in Port Moresby.

“We delivered the Pacific Games, we delivered FIFA, and we will deliver the Rugby League World Cup and APEC.

“By working in partnership we are building a world class national capital city for our country.”

http://postcourier.com.pg/oneill-cheered-on/

Juffa Backs TFF, Says Need Improvement

May 23, 2017 – Post Courier
FREE EDUCATION

 

Leader of Peoples Movement for Change Party and Oro governor Gary Juffa says he supports free education, but this policy needs a review for improvement to match world education standard.
“I support the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) policy, but it needs significant improvement. It was never properly designed and never took into consideration the need for additional supporting infrastructure such as classrooms for additional children and additional teacher’s houses for additional teachers.”


Mr Juffa said the constant delays in the funding had caused much misery in learning for children and a general decline in quality of education.
“Our children are poorly educated and our teachers treated terribly.”
“PMFC shall improve on the TFF policy by conducting reviews and designing it to be world class in quality.
“Schools need science laboratories and e-libraries. Teachers need world-class training and a significant improvement in their welfare. They are very important aspect of nation building, and this government has totally forgotten them. We won’t,” Mr Juffa said.
He was responding to a challenge made by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to his critics to come up with a better policy on education.
Mr O’Neill has said in Keapara at the heads of departments meeting that free education should be pushed to greater heights and not kicked out as suggested by his critics.
The only other critic is Opposition Leader and THE Party leader Don Polye, who claimed that the free education policy under the current government was not working and wanted a subsidised scheme for parents to share some fees from primary to Grade 12, and government to pay for tertiary and higher education.

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