O’Neill warns against electoral offences

By : The National

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says anyone – election officials, candidates, supporters, security personnel – attempting to pervert the electoral process must face the full brunt of the law.

He sounded the warning as he arrived in Southern Highlands to cast his vote on Friday at his Ialibu-Pangia electorate.

He said while he was generally pleased with the conduct of the election in the first few days, there had been instances where some candidates and party officials had tried to manipulate the electoral process.

“The electoral commissioner (Patilias Gamato) has to put his foot down and refer any candidate, party official or individual,” he said.

“We must ensure free and fair elections.

“I say in the strongest possible terms that police and election officials must do their jobs to uphold the law.

“Regardless of which party a candidate or individual belongs to, they are not above the law, and they must be held to account.”

He said the eight-week campaign had been long but enjoyable.

“Regardless of who people vote for, as they cast their vote, they should cherish that moment and be proud of our nation.”

Polling in NCD will be on Friday 30th June

June 28, 2017
BY GORETHY KENNETH



YESTERDAY’s one-day polling in the National Capital District was deferred to Friday when election officials refused to conduct it unless their camping allowances were paid up front.

Their sudden refusal took the PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato by surprise, leaving him with no choice but to defer, resulting in a chaotic turn out by thousands of voters.

Mr Gamato then rationalised that, because of the unexpected situation, all three NCD electorates and the regional seat, would undertake polling on another single day. He said the situation would have been uneven had other electorates proceeded without the other.

“I had to make the decision to stop the polling. Basically, some electorates or one electorate, was ready to start, whilst two others were not ready, simply because the polling officials wanted their camping allowance paid before they take up the polling stations to collect polling,” Mr Gamato said.

“So because of that, I didn’t want to allow one electorate to start and others later, I wanted everyone to start at the same time, and so I decided that we should all defer the polling to Friday, and regroup ourselves and go back to polling,” Commissioner Gamato said.

“This camping allowance is basically for people who go up and travel, and for NCD, they wanted to camp out before they went into poll,” he said.

Mr Gamato told reporters that they did not pay because there were no funds available, but names of all the polling officials were not presented on time, delaying the camping allowances to be distributed on time.

“This issue was simply because we have to come out with a list of officials, the list was available on Sunday, so it was difficult to put that together, to push their claim in to be processed,” he said.
“Allowances for polling is processed after they conduct polling,” Mr Gamato said.

For the 2017 National Election, NCD has approximately 265,000 registered voters across the three districts:
Moresby North-East: 

105,000 voters

Moresby North-West: 

90,000 voters

Moresby South: 

70,000 voters

There are approximately 370 polling booths operating in approximately 170 polling places throughout NCD. Approximately 105 multiple-booth polling places will be in operation during polling (15 with four to seven polling Booths and 90 with two or three Polling Booths). The remaining polling places will operate only one polling booth.

 

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 !!!!

Govt Recognizes Partners Contributing to the Nation

By: Post Courier

Department of National Planning and Monitoring secretary Hakaua Harry has told participants at the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council’s (CIMC) National Development Forum that the government recognises partners contributing to building the country.

These partners include private organisations, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, development partners, communities and families who are critical players to the cause of nation building.

“When we have a private sector that is vibrant, and civil society that is active and pays attention to what the government is doing, it will strengthen governance and help the country achieve quality leadership,” Ms Harry said. She said as part of the global community, Papua New Guinea must embrace the Global Agenda of Sustainable Development 2030.

“The agenda calls for all countries to mobilise all efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change while ensuring that no one is left behind.” She said the Department of National Planning and Monitoring is currently working the localising of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the formulation of the third Medium Term Development Plan.

The Sustainable Development Goals has 17 goals, 69 targets and 241 indicators.

“The SDG indicators are now being localised and will be integrated into our new MTDP 3 (2018-2022). Alignment of sector and provincial and district plans are critical. Sectoral agencies are to align their development plans and programs to the overarching plan so that in one pipeline we all move together to achieve what we want to achieve for our country,” Ms Harry said.

The theme of the third Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP3) is ‘Growing the Economy and Empowering People.

“This is aligned to the recognition that ending poverty must go hand in hand with strategies and plans that build economic growth and address a range of social needs, including health, education, job opportunities etc while tackling climate change and environmental protection,” she said.

K8 Billion in Trust Accounts Missing – O’Neill

By: Freddy Mou – PNG Loop
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called for a full audit into the K8 billion in surpluses that was parked in trust accounts under the Somare Government.

He said the people of Papua New Guinea need to know what happened to the fund.

“Eight billion Kina that belongs to the people of Papua New Guinea went missing,” claimed the PM.

“When we took over, there was almost zero balance in Government accounts. That is why we had to go into deficit budget to build new infrastructure around the country, to pay for our school fees, and to pay for our hospitals that our people deserve.”

However, National Alliance Party campaign director and former IPBC Minister, Arthur Somare, said O’Neill is ignorant of facts in claiming that “massive theft” of K8 billion had occurred from Trust Accounts built up from surplus budgets between 2005 and 2010.

Somare said it was impossible that O’Neill was ignorant of the facts because the status of the Trust Accounts was disclosed by him in his capacity as Treasurer in November 2010 when he presented the 2011 National Budget in Parliament.

“In the budget, O’Neill had quantified the total amounts that had flowed into the Trust Accounts in that six-year period as totaling K4.57 billion, with approved expenditures amounting to K3.6 billion.

“The totality of surplus funds never exceeded K5 billion so how would it be possible to steal K8 billion.”

Meanwhile, O’Neill said the nation is moving beyond the damage of the lost decade of the Morauta and Somare Governments, and one day the theft of the past will be revealed.

“In the next Parliament we will continue to investigate the missing billions of the Somare and Morauta Governments,” he stated.

Campaign To End Midnight Friday 23rd June

June 20, 2017
BY GORETHY KENNETH and JEFFREY ELAPA

Campaigning across the country will end at midnight on Friday, June 23. And polling officially starts the next day.

The PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed the dates and warned candidates that no loud hailers and public gatherings will be allowed after Friday, adding that posters and banners will be allowed including period of polling.

For online, Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari, speaking in his capacity as inter-department election committee chairman, said that every political party must take heed of the end of campaign period because continuing campaigning on social media will have some consequences.

Gamato and Lupari are currently touring the Highlands Region to conduct IDEC meetings also attended by Police Commissioner Gari Baki, and PNG Defence Force commander Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo. Correctional Services Commissioner Michael Waipo did not tour.

Mr Gamato also said that the decision to appoint new Hela election steering committee members had been supported by the Electoral Commission.

He said that the appointment of the new members which included the provincial administrator William Bando as the chairman spoke volumes of the province as it prepared for a peaceful election.

However, Open and Regional candidates in Hela Province presented a petition to the Lupari inter-department election committee.

Sidelined Hela Governor and Member for Komo-Margarima Francis Potape said from Tari that a petition signed by the majority of the Open and Regional candidates intended to conduct a free and fair election in the province was given to the team calling on the electoral commissioner to address the concerns surrounding elections in the province.

“Our aim is to allow the province and the people to be the winners of the election, not candidates winning through illegal means by hijacking the process through intimidation and undue influences,” Mr Potape said.

He said they want Mr Gamato to agree with their demands and they include approval of a new and independent provincial election steering committee compromising of the head of PNG Defence Force members on the ground in Hela, the Hela police commander, the Hawa jail commander, the senior provincial magistrate and other members of the community and public service.

Campaigns to End at Friday Midnight

BY GORETHY KENNETH
and JEFFREY ELAPA

Campaigning across the country will end at midnight on Friday, June 23. And polling officially starts the next day.

The PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed the dates and warned candidates that no loud hailers and public gatherings will be allowed after Friday, adding that posters and banners will be allowed including period of polling.

For online, Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari, speaking in his capacity as inter-department election committee chairman, said that every political party must take heed of the end of campaign period because continuing campaigning on social media will have some consequences.

Gamato and Lupari are currently touring the Highlands Region to conduct IDEC meetings also attended by Police Commissioner Gari Baki, and PNG Defence Force commander Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo. Correctional Services Commissioner Michael Waipo did not tour.

Mr Gamato also said that the decision to appoint new Hela election steering committee members had been supported by the Electoral Commission.

He said that the appointment of the new members which included the provincial administrator William Bando as the chairman spoke volumes of the province as it prepared for a peaceful election.

However, Open and Regional candidates in Hela Province presented a petition to the Lupari inter-department election committee.

Sidelined Hela Governor and Member for Komo-Margarima Francis Potape said from Tari that a petition signed by the majority of the Open and Regional candidates intended to conduct a free and fair election in the province was given to the team calling on the electoral commissioner to address the concerns surrounding elections in the province.

“Our aim is to allow the province and the people to be the winners of the election, not candidates winning through illegal means by hijacking the process through intimidation and undue influences,” Mr Potape said.

He said they want Mr Gamato to agree with their demands and they include approval of a new and independent provincial election steering committee compromising of the head of PNG Defence Force members on the ground in Hela, the Hela police commander, the Hawa jail commander, the senior provincial magistrate and other members of the community and public service.

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