2017 National Elections

​NGI security operation to be launched

Police Commissioner Gari Baki will launch the security operations for Manus, East New Britain, New Ireland and West New Britain provinces in Lorengau.

Host and Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander, senior inspector David Yapu, said all preparations for the launch are in place, and he thanks Commissioner Baki for choosing Manus to launch the NGI operations.

For Manus province alone, a combined security operation will consist of Police, Correctional Service and PNG Defence Force personnel, with some assistance to come from the East New Britain province.

Election funds for police irks Pruaitch

Treasury Minister and National Alliance Party parliamentary leader Patrick Pruaitch has back stabbed the National Government which his party was a member to in the last five years.     

Minister Pruaitch said the ability for police to secure a free and fair election is now being compromised with inadequate funding.   

Pruaitch said, he was shocked to learn last Friday during a meeting with Police Commissioner Gari Baki that the police force only received K8 million of its K121 million budget allocation for election operations.

Ballot papers still being held in POM

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said, “ballot papers will be unpacked and repacked in the coming weeks according to enrolment figures for each electorate, LLG and wards.

“They will be dispatched two weeks prior to commencement of polling on 24th June.”

All ballot papers since arriving from Indonesia have been kept at an undisclosed location.

The 2017 National Election campaign period will end on June 23, followed by 14 days of polling.  

Gamato said, PNG Electoral Commission projected a voter turnout of 4.7 million eligible voters.

Uni Student to contest Yangoru-Saussia seat

Israel Salimbari (Box 19) has withdrawn from his third year studies at the PNG University of Technology to contest for the Yangoru-Saussia Open seat, held by Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru.  

Speaking to Loop PNG, a confident Salimbari said he has the support from mothers and youths in the district and is a top five candidate.

He is one of many university students who have lifted their hands to try politics after going on strike last year regarding the country’s economy and calls for a change of leadership in the National Government.      

​Authority responds to commuters’ concerns

PMV buses will now be issued temporary permits on a regular basis if their buses are to be used during the election period by candidates.

This action has been taken to limit the number of buses hired by candidates during the election period, resulting in transportation issues for the general public.

Road Traffic Authority CEO, Nelson Terema, said there have been recent accidents that could have been avoided if drivers had only followed traffic rules.

Public transport shortage in NCD

City commuters were seen to be walking to the nearest bus stops in search of buses, only to find them packed with more people trying to get to work and school.

One regular commuter said she has always been up at 6am to catch the bus, unfortunately in the last couple of weeks, there have been fewer buses on the road.

Many commuters said they have had to walk two to three bus stops to try and rush with the rest of the commuters for buses.

“Many of us have turned up to work past our usual clock-in time of 8am, and arrive at 9am or 10am.”

T.H.E Party endorses 7 women

Parliamentary leader Don Polye said women will be an integral partner if THE party forms the government after the June polls.

THE party endorsed 90 candidates to contest for the 111 Parliament seats.    

The Opposition Leader congratulated the newly-elected executives of the National Council of Women and challenged them to advocate on issues affecting their counterparts in the country.

"If our THE party is given the mandate to form the next government, I, as the Prime Minister, will make the council become one of our major partners in development,” Polye vowed.

T.H.E to look into compulsory education

THE party parliamentary leader made this statement in Vanimo on Friday, when launching election campaigns for his party’s endorsed candidates contesting for seats in Sandaun Province.

Polye said under the policy, it will be compulsory for all school age children to be in the classroom.

He said subsidising of school fees will continue, and more emphasis will be placed on improving the quality of education in the country.

"We must provide quality education for our children so that they must be skilled appropriately to earn a living,” Polye said.

No posters on street lights

This is a warning by the National Capital District Commission to candidates contesting in the National Elections for the NCD Regional, Moresby North-East, Moresby North-West and Moresby South electorates, in Papua New Guinea’s capital.

NCDC city manager Leslie Alu said approval must be obtained from the NCDC Regulatory Services before election banners and posters are mounted on public places in the city.

“All banners installed without prior approvals will be considered illegal and will be removed by our Enforcement Unit and charge to the candidates concerned.

Dr Tongamp is new leader of People’s Party

Sir Peter passed on the leadership after moving to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s party People’s National Congress.

“I move to PNC leaving the People’s Party in safe and capable hands under the leadership of Jiwaka Governor, Dr William Tongamp.

“As the Leader of the People’s Party, he will provide the direction that is needed for people of the Highlands in the next Parliament,” Sir Peter said.