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03 June 2017

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Philip - PNC women candidates is not popular and here is the list of PNC candidates, I hardly see a female name on the list here:
http://kaulga.blogspot.com/2017/05/peoples-national-congress-is-not-for.html

Our UK Election on Thursday
Alas Cardiff North is one of several Labour seats where the Party has decided to have all women on shortlists. Disgusting behaviour.
Of course no longterm residential qualification required either so party elites can be parachuted into seats like Lord Kinnock did for his son in Aberavon. Disgusting behaviour.
But then again here we don't have to issue free 178,000 condoms, worth K58,014. That works out at 60 packets per candidate which i guess is right for two months campaigning.
Would love to see Dr Kapa Kelep Malp get elected as she was always a good woman and from a good family on Lavongai

There are two other women listed for the ESP regional seat - Sophie Mangal and Monica Hasimani.
For the Wewak Open we have Rebecca Nalawagi, Esther Igo, Rebecca Manio and Veronica Simogun.

Good to hear that Dr Rona Nadile is standing for the seat of Samarai-Murua. She is a lady who stood up for the truth in the Labour Department when it came to giving work permits to overseas workers who really had no right to them.

She was sacked and was jobless for some time. She would be a person who would have a good understanding of what needs to be done to handle the current influx of Asians who are slowly taking over the smaller towns of PNG and robbing the PNG people of having the ability to develop their own SMEs.

Dulciana Somare-Brash has been very active in her campaigning and has travelled by small boats to many parts of the ESP electorate - the Sepik River, Chambris Lakes, and to many of the Wewak islands.

She has worked hard to produce a good policy for what she sees as the needs of the ESP. But old negative attitudes to females in leadership roles in the Sepik are still there and it will probably be hard to beat them. Pity.

Contesting each and every seat as well as openly campaigning for favoured candidates, is indeed OK, as Daniel states. More than just OK, this is the essence of the democracy into which PNG entered and embraced.

Look at the presently-elected members of PNG Parliament and ask, can governance in PNG be conducted with more effective service delivery for more PNG persons, without fouling future economic capability. (Free education is not free; it is paid for by all PNG persons, both now and much in the future.)

Look those members in the eye and ask where is the accounting for monies given in trust for service delivery in the current five year Parliamentary stewardship. Maybe some went to vehicles, but maybe not much of those monies went to health-relevant service delivery, not even ambulance vehicles.

Look those members not as MPs, but only as candidates, and ask each candidate, what intentions, policies, policy platform. Step back, avoid any splash of PNG government money on platforms of meatless fat and alcoholic foam.

Thank you, Betty. Candidates each deserve the respect of being known, gender no barrier. Nor need gender be a reason for election, so let's encourage persons best positioned to nurture this still-young nationhood that evidences some foibles in divvying and owning up on pocket-money.

Bill Skate's and now Peter O'Neill's PNC party touts itself as the party for women but it's female candidates this year seem thin on the ground.

Thanks for this, Betty Wakia. I know many names here and wish them all success.

There are two women in particular whom I know personally or have at least talked with.

One is Jenny Luke, endorsed by Model Nation Party to contest the Kandep Open seat. She is the subject of talk among my tribesman as she did not make her intentions known earlier.

They were preparing for Peter Mission Yaki to contest against Don Polye. The late Nenk Pasul MBE was the first member for Kandep and the tribe has been nominating a candidate in every election to win back the seat.

But Jenny has every right to contest the seat. Some people openly campaign for her which is OK in this free country.

The other candidate I know is Maso Raka Oakiva who is running for the Gulf Regional. I spoke with her following the disappearance of her younger sister Tania off the coast of West New Britain in 2011.

Tania was among six other young scientists from the Goroka based Medical Research Institute who disappeared with no trace. Coroner Lawrence Kangwia said evidence suggested the scientists perished due to foul play. The RPNGC did nothing much about it.

I published this story in my book 'I Can See My Country Clearly Now' which is available free on line here:
http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/i-can-see-my-country-clearly-now.html

But what I wish to say about Maso is that I felt she had good characteristics. She is clear-headed and knew exactly what to do when her sister disappeared but the RPNGC did not act decisively and the government did not provide funds for a proper investigation.

When nobody else did anything to help, Maso came forward with K20,000 of her own money to pay a ransom to Don Aka, a notorious criminal suspected of involvement in the kidnapping.

He was a prison escapee, suspected pirate, drug runner and an accomplice of that infamous bank robber, William Kapris.

Maso has a reason to stand for election. I am sure she will make a good police minister. Law and order will be her priority in Gulf Province as well as health, education and infrastructure development - things which affect the rest of PNG too.

She has been a victim of serious crime. Six young lives were lost but the PNG government did nothing.

I urge voters to identify woman with such experience and calibre and cast votes for them.

I wish Maso Raka Oakiva the best and all the other women who have put up their hands.

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