BY PAUL OATES
ELECTORALLY, WHAT will make a difference in PNG in 2012? To produce a different result, you have to change the equation.
If the same circumstances exist in 2012 as at the last general election, why should we expect a different result?
After the last election, the government jet was used to fly successful candidates to a meeting with the PM to where he used his resources to convince them to support his government.
Will there be any change in this situation? Sorry, unlikely.
Are the voters now more informed about their candidates? Many voters claim they see their elected leaders only just before an election and then to hand out incentives to vote for them.
Has there been any successful initiative to inform voters of their rights and responsibilities? No, so what will change?
During the life of the current parliament, the opportunities for members to pursue the rights of the people they represent have been dismissed three times in an unconstitutional manner by the current government.
The Speaker is and has been biased and in collusion with the current government. Any change to this situation? Nope!
Has any significant legal action either been undertaken by responsible authorities or if started, carried through to charge and convict any political figure except the PM who has just been given a ludicrous penalty by overseas and not PNG judges?
Legal irrelevancies have been used to stall or obfuscate any official legal proceedings and public funds used to pay for the legal advisors. Any change to this situation? Not that one can see.
Has the PNG Opposition been able or competent to keep the government honest and accountable? Sorry, no contest.
So can anyone expect any change (tanim) in 2012? No way. Las momo kani. Nogat tru. Arita yamboma. Meyegayeh. Nyet. Nada. Etc, etc.