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Acting PM Condemns Domestic Violence

BY NELLIE SETEPANO ( Post Courier )

 

Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel has condemned the ongoing occurrences of violence against women throughout Papua New Guinea.

“One of the important aspects that is affecting our culture today, one that is very upsetting and disturbing, is the violence that we continue to perpetuate against our women, particularly the violence that is happening in Papua New Guinea today, related to sorcery.

“This is happening throughout PNG, and I want to say, very clearly, that this is not part of our culture.

“The violence and the suppression of our women is not part of our culture,” he said,

He said using the excuse of sorcery, where men pick on old, vulnerable ladies, like widows, because they have some excuse or problems in their minds, they blame old, defenseless ladies is not PNG culture.

“It is only an act of cowardice, where Papua New Guinean men stand around and watch while other men torture old ladies, widows and young women, is not Papua New Guinea – that is a sick culture.

“Therefore, I want to condemn these actions, in the strongest and highest way possible. Those who perpetuate such violence against women are not men – they are cowards and bullies. If you are men, go pick on another man,” he said.

“I want those cowards to be stopped and the law to hold them to account. I am not proud to be a Papua New Guinean, when I see a Papua New Guinean man doing that to a Papua New Guinean lady,” he said.

He said such behavior is completely unacceptable and the government and all of us must do everything in our power to eradicate it.

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women
PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017
Office of the Prime Minister
Papua New Guinea

 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men.

This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

“A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller,” the Prime Minister said.

“We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

“There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

“Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

“Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

“Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.”

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

“I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

“Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

“The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.”

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

PNG National General Election NOT Rigged 

********** Press Statement by Simon Bole, General Secretary of PAP ************
There are people in PNG and abroad who say things to undermind capabilities of PNG people and how we can manage our affairs. 

Many of such people in Australia say PNG will be a fallen state. PNG has never failed and we will never fall.
Many of such critics say PNG will fail election 2017. They further say Hela will fail election because it’s a hot spot. Hela election steering committee and Hela people has proved critics wrong by delivering a successful election 2017.
In Hela I don’t see any indication of election rigging by any single Political Party as others claim.
In Hela I also don’t see signs of PNC control or rigging election in Hela.
The results of current counting tallies will prove my statement.
In Komo Magarima open electorate, PAP party leader Tukuyawini Peter Philip is taking a lead with 13,638 plus votes while second runner up is Independent candidate Manessah Makipa with 7,991 votes. The PNC candidate is trailing in 5th place with 4,655 votes. 

PNC candidate is short of about 9,000 votes to beat the PAP leader therefore I don’t see any indication of election rigging by PNC here.
The PNC candidate for Koroba Lake Kopiago is also trailing in 11th place with only 2,270 votes in the ladder as first count winded down and awaiting eliminations.
See results below:
A. Koroba Lake Kopiago Open Seats Updates after count 81/81.

1. Bobby Yupi 6,525 Ind

2. Petrus Thomas 6,333 PPP

3. Waa Akope 5,246 ind

4. Mathias M Putaya 5,061 ind

5. Gabriel Tika 4,376 ind

6. Andrew Andapi 3,719 ind

7. John Kekeno 3,639 PNGP

8. Howard Lole 2,895

9. Allan Tolo 2,729

10. Pais Paro 3,190 ind

11. Isaack Matiabe 2,470…PNC

See also results for Regional and Komo Magarima below.
Updates from Hela for Hela Regional and Komo Magarima open.
B. Progressive Tally for Hela Regional seat after count no.146:

1. Philip Undialu – 29,548 

2. Dr HEWALI – 20,157 

3. Francis Potabe -16,946 

4. Andy Kenamu -14,802 

5. Lari Andagali – 13,556

80 boxesremaining for counting. 

Koroba Kopiago and Komo Margarima open completed quality check and ready for elimination process tomorrow.

Of the 258 boxes, 28 boxes destroyed, 123 counted and left with 107 boxes to go…
C. Komo Magarima open after final count 78

1. PAP party leader Tukuyawini Peter Philip 13,638 votes

2. Manesa Makipa 7,991 votes independent candidate

3. Paul Pale 5,697 ind

4. Tumbi Yari 4,765 ind

5. Edward Alina 4,655 PNC candidate

6.Tony Tanda 3,785

7. Kuruku Ipara 3,656

8. Kevin Tos 3,130

9. Allan Kaiape 3,102..

Quality checks completed for Komo Magarima and Koroba Kopiago yesterday. Today elimination will commence.

Updates for some other electorates in PNG.
D. Update for count in Maprik ESP.

Counting of Box 1 for Maprik Open seat for Albiges Mambep LLG progressive results;

1. Gabriel Kapris 1,403 PNGNP

2. David Anis 266

3. Albert Selbhia 134

4. John Simon 128

5. Pita Lus 44

E. NDC Moresby North West Count 52 Progressive result. PNC candidate and Health Minister is trailing somewhere really bellow the ladder.
1. Lohia Boe Samuel (IND) – 4452

2. Mekere Morauta (IND) – 4052

3. Joseph Tonde (PONP) – 2216

4. Miria Ikupu (IND) – 1858

5. Russel Wavik (PPP) – 1561
Count 53 in progress.

F. In Port Moresby:

NCD Regional seat – Powes Parkop SDP leads on 9,000 votes after count 91.

G. Moresby South seat – PNC candidate Justin Techenko leads on 19,000 votes after count 96
SHP Counting Update quote from PNG Garamut News
In SHP PROGRESSIVE RESULTS

H. IALIBU PANGIA.. AFTER COUNT 31
1: Peter O’Neill- 13,510 votes PNC leader and PM

2: Stanley Liria- 2,444 votes

3: Sam Kari – 368 votes

4: Leonard Pagepea – 363 votes

5: Justin Rapula- 125 votes

6: Nepolin Rema- 53 votes…

In Chimbu as per Kundu 1 news this morning.
I. THE party candidate now opposition party candidate is taking a lead in Karimui Nomane open.

J. In Sinasina Yogogmul open opposition party member and leader for PNGNP Kerenga Kua is leading with 5000 plus votes.

With such results with various political parties and independents candidates taking leads in many electorate where PNC candidates are trailing lower in ladder there is no indication of a single party rigging election.

As citizens of this country let’s allow completion of election process and if we are not satisfied with results we go to the Courts for election petition.
With this good luck in election 2017.

Misleading Statements on Rig Election 

26th June 2017

Here seem to a a lot of misleading statements from a lot of people around the country thinking that there are extra ballot boxes.

What are lot people don’t realized is that these reports are 2nd or 3rd hand information.

There was a report on ballot boxes being burnt in Tari which was for James Marape and other candidates. 

The FACT is what was burnt is ‘Election Awarenss Materials’. It was burnt in public so people don’t assume it’s extra ballot boxes.

Kindly get FACTS right 

Safe voting !!!!

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.”

O’Neill Condemns Terror Attack

May 24, 2017 – Post Courier 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, has expressed deep concern and outrage following multiple deaths and injuries in the British city of Manchester overnight.

Following the terror attack, the Prime Minister said the resources of the international community must be utilised to bring those behind the attack to justice.

“The cowards who would perpetrate such a sickening attack cannot claim to represent any religion or any legitimate cause,” the Prime Minister said.

“Many of the victims were children, with their full lives ahead of them, who have been murdered in such a disgusting and brutal act.


“The people of Papua New Guinea offer our prayers, and our hopes of survival for those injured. “We extend our sincere sympathies and condolences to the families of those who were killed, particularly the families of the young children.

“Papua New Guinea stands with our partners in the international community to strengthen action to deal with and prevent terrorist acts around the world, and to hunt down the people who take part in or sponsor terrorist activities.”

The Prime Minister said the Papua New Guinea Department of Foreign Affairs is working with counterparts in the British Government to confirm that no Papua New Guinean citizens were affected by the attack.

Gender Equality A Foreign Concept For UPNG Students

May 12, 2017 – Post Courier

The University of Papua New Guinea’s school of business and public policy will integrate gender equality into its curriculum as part of a new approach to changing behaviours.

A gender workshop was held at the university recently for the school of business staff to ensure gender issues become a part of student learning.

The workshop was funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and facilitated through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.

University vice-chancellor Professor Albert Mellam said that the institution had an important role to play in creating change.

“Gender equality is so fundamentally critical to Papua New Guinea. This is one way of contributing to pushing back against these problems that are endemic across the world,” Prof Mellam said.

Gender

The school of business executive dean Professor Lekshmi N. Pillai said that the time is right to embrace gender equality and embed it as part of the curriculum.

“Sustainable future growth must be based on the right principles, practices and policies.

We can integrate gender into the way business, economics and public policy are taught and change the way students think about these issues,” Prof Pillai said.

Head of business management Evelyn Kua said education is crucial for improving opportunities for women in Papua New Guinea.

“Gender equality has been a foreign concept in the Papua New Guinean cultural context and that is a challenge which needs to be addressed.

“Traditionally, men have been the decision makers and the providers of food, shelter and protection but these trends are changing.

We need to create a curriculum that can bridge the gap between tradition and the realities of today,” Mrs Kua said.

The school of business will use the outcomes of the workshop to promote gender equality as part of its curriculum, as part of the PNG Government’s Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) policy and the ethics and values-based executive leadership and management capability framework.

The Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct is part of the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership to build a new generation of ethical and accountable public and private sector leaders.

The precinct also works to ensure the GESI policy is rolled out among all its stakeholders including UPNG.

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