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26 June 2017

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An alternative title for this article is "When will pigs fly?"

Here's a trip down memory lane for writer's:

“Political events have obviously made a critical examination of colonialism less relevant. Instead, there is already disillusionment with the national government; its conservatism, its easy acceptance of foreign business, its timid stand towards Indonesia, and the resultant “betrayal” of the West Irian freedom fighters. Above all there is disillusionment with the power-hungry bureaucracy and the increasing pompousness and Westernization of the so-called elite.

“The writer’s position has become more difficult and more ambiguous since independence. In the late sixties the young angry writers were seen as natural allies by Papua New Guinea’s politicians. The writers then helped them to form public opinion and political consciousness and exercised some influence on the stance of leading politicians. But now the government is sensitive to criticism, and many leading politicians fail to distinguish between issues and personalities. Writers on the whole have been tolerated rather than encouraged. There are few intellectuals in parliament, and the leaders of the nation are pragmatic men not given to ideologies. Many of the younger people have found the government uninspiring and mildly unsympathetic to their own aims and ambitions, but they have not espoused alternative political ideologies. Mostly the writers have seen themselves as social critics rather than political rebels. During the years since self-government many of them have taken an unsentimental look at their own communities, both rural and urban. The unflinching way in which many have learned to look at themselves is one of the healthiest symptoms of Papua New Guinea society today.” Ulli Beier (1980).

Voices of Independence
New Black Writing from Papua New Guinea
Edited by Ulli Beier, 1980, St. Martin’s Press New York

Given reports of electoral corruption from the some areas where polling has already taken place, it can be confirmed that this election is not fair, free and safe.
For example, polling for NCD was scheduled to be held today, but somehow with no prior notice the Electoral Commission has just deferred the polling to this Friday creating confusion between voters and candidates who went to their polling areas to cast their votes.
It obvious our systems have been manipulated and everything seems to be working in favour of the government. I am not surprised if the next government is formed by the same half-baked leaders who have run this country down with their cronies over the years.
Post this, lest we forget that our key institutions have let the people of this country down big time by compromising their independence with the government since the current government was formed through to this election period to create a way for same hooligans to form the next government to continue to run this country down instead of fixing it.

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