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District Empowerment Bid


BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA

MEMBER for Pomio and Minister for Public Service Elias Kapavore says he will be working towards empowering the chief executive officer of the district to do his own staff recruitment.

“The first thing I will be doing in my agenda is to allow for the evolution of human resources to be decided at the district level, so that CEOs are given powers to do their own recruitment.

“They are there on the ground and they can review their own structure and do their own advertisements.

“That’s the first agenda I will be looking at, Mr Kapavore said.

Mr Kapavore said that while he was ready to take up the challenge, he had been expecting the Health portfolio to be given to him seeing he had a background in health administration.

“I was actually expecting health as with my background as the health administrator in the past I would think that we know most of the problems and working together with the health department and do a lot of things,” he said.

But he has accepted the challenge given him by the Prime Minister. “Since the PM saw fit to appoint me in that area I will take up the challenge.”

Marape Leads in Tari Counting 

July 5, 2017 – Post Courier 


Counting stopped after candidates raise issues

Hela Province has taken the lead as the first province in the Highlands region and Papua New Guinea to start counting of votes in the National Election.

Hela election manager John Tipa said that counting started with the seat of Tari-Pori held by Finance Minister James Marape.

As of 4pm yesterday Mr Marape, a Peoples National Congress (PNC) strongman, has taken a commanding lead of nearly 2000 votes over his nearest rival.

At the close of counting Mr Marape (PNC) was leading the progressive tally with 3315 votes, followed by Johnny Pokaja Philip 792, Pero Pajawi 451, Justin Hayara (PPP) 176 and Robert Mai 111.

Other independent candidates are below 100 while the rest have yet to score on the tally board.

This is the counting from five out of the 79 boxes for Tari-Pori, with each box from the five different local level governments (LLG) of the electorate.

When polling in the province is completed, the provincial steering committee has agreed to start counting 253 boxes from the 13 LLGs, three electorates – Tari-Pori, Komo-Margarima and Koroba-Lake Kopiago and the Regional seat.

Counting will resume today for boxes for the electorates with the boxes Komo-Margarima, Koroba-Kopiago and Hela Provincial seat.

Mr Tipa said that he stopped counting after five boxes because of several issues raised by candidates who had turned up at the counting centre at the Hela provincial headquarters.

“We are seeking legal advice from the Electoral Commission lawyers and should resume counting tomorrow (Wednesday).”

Mr Tipa said that despite minor hiccups yesterday morning, counting started smoothly as the first five boxes were cleared.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki, who was present, said Hela should be commended because they have taken the lead despite some candidate issues.
He said police have stepped up security in Hela and counting must continue, as by law counting cannot be allowed to stop once polling has been completed.

“So I commend Hela and its people. Police presence is visible with support coming from 70 mobile squad members who came up from Eastern Highlands and Western Highlands to support the security personnel on the ground,” Mr Baki said.

 

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.

106 Districts Fail to Aquit K1.1 Billion

May 31, 2017

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

A total of 106 provinces and districts have failed to acquit for the funding that they received from the disbursement of SIP funding last year.

Reports from the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) have shown that out of the 22 provinces and 89 districts in PNG, only five have submitted their acquittals and annual reports for the K1.11 billion released for the District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) and Provincial Services Improvement Program (PSIP) last year.

Only 5 out of 106 have acquitted for SIP funds

According to DIRD acting deputy secretary, Aihi Vaki, there has been a steep decline in the submission of annual reports and acquittals for DSIP and PSIP funding over the past four years.

“In 2013, we had 92 acquittals submitted and 19 not submitted. In 2014, we had 75 submitted and 36 not submitted. In 2015 we had 36 submitted and 75 not submitted and this year we have only received five so far. So you can now see the trend is that over this period, the acquittals and the level of reporting is dropping,” said Mr Vaki

“Although we have seen some development since the DSIP program was first implemented in the 2008 National Budget, irregular payments, and the non-submission of annual reports and acquittals have made both the DSIP and PSIP increasingly difficult to manage.

“It is not the sitting members fault. This is supposed to be the district administrators’ responsibility. But as the chairpersons of their respective District Development Authority (DDA) boards, they need to push for submission of acquittals because we need those reports,” Mr Vaki said.

It has become readily apparent that more stringent and transparent measures need to be taken in order to account for the sheer mass of funding that is being drawn down for DSIP and PSIP funding every year.

Tax payers deserve to know where their money is going and whether or not they are directly benefitting from it.

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.

Govt Heads urged to visit Rural Areas

By : Post Courier

Chief Secretary to government Isaac Lupari has told departmental heads at the second department heads meeting that they have a purpose for going to rural parts of the country for their meeting.

The meeting was held at Keapara village in Rigo district, Central Province and attended by 70 heads and senior staff of departments, statutory agencies, state-owned enterprises and constitutional offices.

“We often design and develop policies and plans from Waigani without fully understanding the challenges and needs of 80 per cent of our people who live in the rural settings of our country,” Mr Lupari said.

“As a result many of these policies and plans have failed in the past, which has resulted in wastage of millions of kina.”

Mr Lupari urged everyone to not make the same mistake, learn from past experiences and continue to chart and develop a new part for service delivery.

“If we do not, it will be a great injustice to our people and the next generation, who are children,” he said.

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“The O’Neill Government’s policies are rural-focused and aimed at improving the rural settings and deliver vital services to the people.

“Going rural and coming to Keapara village gives us a great opportunity to see how services are delivered so that we can improve it.

Mr Lupari said the visit allows heads of departments; statutory agencies and SOEs to see things for themselves, listen to the people’s stories of the types of challenges they go through every day of their lives, and what their needs are.

“This is critically important so we can be able to improve on the policy settings and recalibrate service delivery methods and mechanisms to better deliver services.”

Mr Lupari urged heads of departments, statutory agencies and SOEs who stayed for the night activities with the community to use the opportunity for frank discussions with the people of Keapara, Karawa and Alukuni.

“We are their servant, and let’s work to improve the lives of our people.”