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08 September 2017


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Paul Oates

Hi Terence - Your comment in the article says it all: "But PNG’s political dynamics mean politicians won’t focus on resourcing national electoral infrastructure unless they’re pushed."

So who exactly could or should do the 'pushing' and what will galvanize this to happen? Certainly not any succinct and insightful comment from our PM or Foreign Minister who were significantly silent over the rorting and corrupt practices reported by many during the general election. Why for instance, was the PM declared a winner before the final results of all the seats were known?

As there is now another five years to cement those in control in place and they're very happy with the results of the election 'Tenkyu tumas', so why change?

'Maski, larim istap', could well be echoing around PNG parliament's corridors power for the foreseeable future when the question about resourcing the Electoral Commission might possibly come up.

If the Census books are now a creative nonsense and no one really knows who is on the electoral roll, how can there ever be any real accountability or responsibility? Either you have a system that works or you don't. Axiomatically, there can be no half measures.

Aren't we now really debating a totally unbelievable dream?

Paul Oates

Engagement or Disenchantment

Now is the winter, of our discontent,
Should you not be happy, over those you sent,
To the welcoming shores, of our Manus Isle,
Where we have detained them, for a while,
You can rest assured, we'll honour the agreement,
Just as long as you continue, your policy of appeasement,
That let's us continue, to rule unabated,
Without any censure, or comment related,
So put on a smile, at our 'close' relations,
And we'll receive, your warm congratulations,
And continue the charade, and the billions in aid,
Rest assured I won't rain, on your domestic parade.

Sangiuwe (name provided)

Terence -You too miss it all.

In the 2022 election each person will vote by ID; they must have an national ID (NID) card to do that.

Now use this statement to work the mechanism into place. Get the development practitioners who are paid K20,000 a month by Australian aid to see how they can get the NID project and the Common Roll and the National Census to work in tandem.

Currently all DP's have blinders that does not allow them to see or rationalize why each electorate has 100% turnout, even dead people and minors come out to vote for their candidate. We have to have the dead remain dead and the minor to wait and mature first to vote.

Surely the ballot papers can be electronically printed on site when the voter with an ID fronts up at the polling place. The ballot paper shows a ID number and there is no duplication.

We can also get away from this one day voting business. Voting should be done over a week.

The DPs should have already figured this out but they mucked it up and will continue to do so.

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