Jiwaka

Jiwaka access road to be upgraded

The rehabilitated road, in the Kapalku Nambkora LLG of Jiwaka Province, is expected to open up market access for coffee growers from eight villages, including major villages such as Napalm, Engendered, Malang and Ngumkora.

It is also expected to give more than 5,000 rural people access to social services.

The road starts at the turn off from Banz to Kiriwil along the old Highlands Highway and links up with the Millep-Norba back road connecting to Nondugul station.

The road will also service Lutheran Mission Station, Ngenda Common School and SDA Mission at Ngenden.

WHP, Enga and Jiwaka polling to begin

Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, says polling will go ahead after the Provincial Election Manager advised  those who raised issues that the 2017 final roll was not too different to the former.

Jiwaka Province also goes to the polls on Tuesday.

Initiall y some polling venues wanted to be changed, however, Gamato said according the organic law where a polling place is gazzetted it cannot be changed or abolishmed before the issue of writs or before the writs are returned.

Jiwaka fears deferral of polls

Election Manager, Rossie Pandihau, says the commencement of polling in the Province will depend on when polling in Simbu Province has been completed.

Polling in Jiwaka Province is scheduled for June 30.

Ms Pandihau said preparations for polling are now well on track however, the delay in polling for Simbu Province might affect them as well. This is because security forces in Simbu will move to Jiwaka once polling is completed in the former.

Pandihau says they are currently doing quality checks and pre-counting the ballot papers.

Jiwaka to have new Provincial Treasurer

This decision was made by Chairman for the Inter-departmental Election Committee, Isaac Lupari, who gave assurance that he will be assisting to make this happen.

This comes after the election manageress for Jiwaka province, Rossie Pandihau raised serious concerns about the long overdue absence of the provincial treasurer who is believed to be in the nation’s capital at the moment.

Polling officials in Jiwaka are yet to access election funds for the training of their election officials for polling.

VIDEO: Treasurer delays election training

According to the Election Manager, the training for polling officials and the Presiding officers was scheduled to be conducted a week ago. 

Charmaine Poriambep reports 

​Where is the Jiwaka provincial treasurer?

According to the Election Manager, the training for polling officials and the presiding officers was scheduled to be conducted a week ago.

Jiwaka Election Manager Rossie Pandihau is pleading for the Provincial Treasurer to return to Jiwaka as soon as possible to release the funds allocated for the training. 

She says the training is vital for the 900-plus polling officials, including the 300-plus presiding officers and assistant presiding officers, so they understand the process well before being deployed to polling sites.

​Jiwaka generally quiet

Jiwaka Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tondop, said people have become more aware and knowledgeable about the general elections compared with the past.

He said so far, apart from candidates campaigning in the province, they have not seen much activity with locals.

“Normal business continues and people have returned to their everyday routine.”

Tondop adds that with the limited resource that is available for police, he is still confident that his men will bring Jiwaka through the polling and declaration.

Gamato clarifies Jiwaka PRO status

The intending candidates claimed that the Provincial Returning Officer Rossie Pandihau had been changed by Deputy Administrator Stefan Husik at the 11th hour.

They are claiming that the new PRO could not have been gazetted and so there is a question of whether or not any decision he makes, such as accepting nominations of intending candidates is legally binding.

However, Gamato clarified that the changes were not made at the 11th hour as the changes were made on March 30, 2017.

Mock Parliament session for women highly appreciated

Ms Weiang shared this sentiment after attending week long PNG Practice Parliament Session for Women 2017 recently.

Weiang, a law graduate with colorful private sector experience will bring with her many skills in business world into the world of PNG politics as elections nears this year.

The PNG Practice Parliament Session for Women 2017 was conducted by UNDP, the National Parliament and the Office of Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates.

Banking services arrive in rural areas

The groups include Voice for Change in Jiwaka, along with KGWan Eco-Habitat Inc. and Independent Reform and Restoration Movement (IRRM) in Chimbu.

They will all become banking agents with MiBank, and expect to open accounts for more than 400 farmers.

IRRM Manager Toppy Sundu said in the past they never had bank accounts and had to hide their money or spend it.

"If we did have a bank account it took all day to travel to town to deposit or withdraw money. It would cost us money for PMV and was not safe," he said.