Manus

​Chief: Refugees in POM will return to Manus

More than 90 refugees and asylum seekers have been transferred to Port Moresby since the dismantling of the Manus centre commenced. Some believe they will not return and be resettled in Port Moresby instead.

But Kantha said they were sent to Port Moresby for medical assistance.

“Given the pressure on the Lorengau Hospital, we are working to see how best their medical needs can be supported.

“No one from the medical transfers will be settled in Port Moresby or anywhere else. Only refugees with a visa and job placement can be considered for settlement,” he said.

Timber pierced SHP man’s head: Police

Police in Manus have arrested 2 suspects for unlawfully wounding the Erave man at upper ward 6, Lorengau town.

PPC Manus, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspects were drunk and approached the victim at his house where they hit him on his head with a piece of timber.

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where the embedded object was removed.

“Otherwise, he could have died had the timber penetrated his skull,” said PPC Yapu.

Manus small businesses get financial training

 

The financial literacy training was conducted by the Central Bank of Papua New Guinea’s Microfinance Expansion Project and supported by the Australian Government through the Manus Support Community Development program (MSCD).

The Central Bank estimates 70 to 75 per cent of Papua New Guineans are excluded from accessing the formal financial sector, which leads to people being unable to save money and spend within their budget.

The financial literacy training was rolled out to six of the 12 Local Level Governments in Manus Province.

Manus counting underway

The counting was deferred to today due to heavy rain in the province.

The counting venue, Sahat hall in Lorengau, has been used for counting for over 40 years now and seen very little to no renovation at all.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said counting had to be deferred due to its leaking roofs, which pose a possibility of ballot boxes getting wet.

He said heavy rain since Saturday morning also caused flooding into the counting venue.

​Manus prepares for officials’ training

Election Manager Sponsa Navi told Loop PNG that training will take place on Saturday.

Navi has also been instructed by the Electoral Commissioner to commence counting the same day after training.

This comes after counting was deferred from yesterday (Thursday) to Monday, July 10.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato this week said counting in Manus will commence next Monday. However, that has been moved back to Saturday, according to Navi.

Gamato: Wuvulu Islanders can vote in Lorengau

Manus has only one district, which is Lorengau, and Commissioner Gamato has allowed for them to vote in Lorengau.

This is because transport will be an issue for those from the LLGs of Awa-Wuvulu and Nigoherm, to go back and vote in their LLG.

Manus is the largest maritime province in terms of sea area and most islanders rely on zoom to travel around the province.

Gamato, during an update conference in Port Moresby, said polling started on Saturday and is progressing well.

PPC: Take ownership of election

Yapu said people should be allowed to exercise their democratic rights to cast their votes without undue influence, threat or fear.

He is asking for the continuous support and corporation from the people in ensuring a free, fair and safe election is conducted in the province without any disruption.

He said the campaign period which ends today has been quiet and peaceful so far and wants this to continue into polling and counting.

Election Officials off to Western Manus

Manus Election Manager, Sponsa Navi, confirms there will be a total of 105 Election officials and 12 Assistant Returning Officers sent out for each of the 12 LLGs.

10 officials with six security personnel will also make the one day trip to the islands of Western Manus on the HMPNG Tarangau Patrol Boat today.

The remaining teams for the other 10 LLGs will be dispatched to their allocated venues starting tomorrow (Friday).

Awa-Wuvulu Rural LLG has seven polling venues which will see one day polling in each venue from Saturday June 24 to Thursday June 29th.

Locals want progress in province

Manusians say progress and tangible development are non-existent in the political realm of the province.

Health, education services, infrastructure and roads linking villages on the mainland have been neglected for decades.

Resident Chawi Konabe says they want nothing less than visionary leaders who have the interest of the people at heart, leaders who will effect change and development.

Echoing similar sentiments, family and sexual violence advocate Irene Pokris openly shared the struggles faced by the womenfolk in the province.

Ballot papers arrive in Manus

Manus Police Provincial Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said two small Australian Air Force aircraft arrived in Manus on Saturday with the ballot papers.

The ballot papers were received by Electoral Commission staff with heavy security escort from the Joint Security Forces at Momote.

The ballot papers are locked up in the storage container at the Police Station and PPC Yapu said tight security will be provided until June 23, where they will be moved to the respective polling venues.