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24 July 2017


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Apparently there existed at Fiji and at Southern Rhodesia, circumstances of enrolment and in conduct of elections that the tool for registration of enrolment became that known as “Common Roll”.
See: Dundas, Carl W. in “Observing Elections the Commonwealth's Way: The Early Years”
See: Lal, V in “A Vision for Change: Speeches and Writings of AD Patel, 1929-1969”

Somewhat fortunately, people of PNG opted for the terms ‘Roll’ and ‘Electoral Roll’.
More common commentators and media might appraise of themselves, choicer terms.

“Gamato seems confident and determined to deliver what the people expect of him” though knowing time and funding were ‘not on his side’. So were too many expecting too little?

News-media ‘National’ reported Gamato as having a ‘mandate’ (commission actually).
Some ‘preventative measures’ were stripped from the commission and handed to a Mr Lupari.
In October 2016, “Gamato told the nation…that the “ghost” names which had created so much problems among voters and elections officials in 2012 have been sorted out” though report gave no detail of method nor ‘sort-out’ personnel, thus “fake names on the 2012 common roll have been removed”, by sometime October 2016.

Of a “fair and free 2017 election”, on wards rolled...exactly.

Dear Paul,

It must be so heartbreaking for you to witness such blatant corruption and incompetence. Your passion and love for the country is quite evident every article I have read on the ASOPA blog.
My late brother Ron, shared your enthusiasm of PNG and it is one of the few countries left on earth with a true culture but it will soon disappear and once it has gone you will not get it back.
Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you've got till its gone, they've paved paradise and put up a parking lot - Joni Mitchell.

My father, Noel Flanagan AO, was director of Australia’s War Memorial from 1975 to 1983. I grew up with a deep respect for those who gave their lives. Often such innocent lives were lost due to government incompetence. But sometimes due to very important battles about ideas on how best to form our societies and future for our children.

We are seeing one of those battles underway in PNG today. My respect to all those who have fallen during this election. This article is a response to the electoral commissioner’s rejoinder last Friday to previous analysis showing that the PNG election was unquestionably biased. My previous article can be linked to here.

On balance, I consider the electoral commissioner’s statement very disappointing. I do understand the difficulties of electoral implementation in PNG – I have been writing on the country since 1978 - but I can’t understand the systemic bias.

Papua New Guinea – love you, stay safe and please be united in finding a way forward.

The US elections are no different

Any self respecting Tomato would be most ashamed of Gamato.

Congratulations Martyn,

The tomato fiasco received a mention in this week's edition of The Spectator.

The PNG election isn't the only one in progress at the moment.

Timor Leste is having elections and so is Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe is standing again even though he is 93 years old. "The people love me," is his excuse. Perhaps reflecting Donald Trump?

I can see a 93 year old Peter O'Neill in many years time saying the same thing.

I'm still not absolutely sure that this election is any worse than previous ones.

The big differences seem to be the reports on social media and the targeted ghost votes in which process the electoral commission must have been complicit, especially as it required printing extra ballot papers.

Past prime ministers used ghost votes but they at least printed the ballot papers locally.

The current scenario has been a long time coming but as Paul notes, O'Neill probably has some more dirty tricks up his sleeve.

Declaring a failed election and instituting emergency powers (read: coup) might be on the cards.

When EU's Angela Merkel put in an 'eye roll', appeared so with both.
When PNG's EC put up eyed roll, it tried to right but looks left game to error.

Beware of the PNC's potential 'dying kick'. It has yet to be revealed.

If the now obvious and terribly farcicle effort to fraudulently procure an election win has come unstuck, get ready for the next logical step that either:

1. The total results are challenged to the extent that the outcome is so clouded that those in power continue to exercise their power while the results are 'fiddled' further, or

2. A new election is called at some time in the future.

Either way, the Electoral Commissioner should be sacked as his credibility has been totally destroyed.

Yet, who is it who should ultimately be held accountable? The Commissioner or the person/s who placed him in the role?

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