Peter O'Neill

O’Neill to cast his vote today

The polling is set to begin after the church service.

Women and men openly shared tears of joy as the Prime Minister entered the village.

He took part praising and worshipping the Lord.

It is an unusual scene to see the PM sitting among his people and worshiping together.

Polling in Pangia was deferred from Friday to Saturday till today.

The delay was due to late arrival of the ballot boxes and quality checks done by polling officials.

More update on TVWAN News tonight.

Polling to begin in Pangia today

The polling was deferred from Friday to Saturday but then further deferred to today.

According to the Returning Officer Michael Ariando, they have to go through ballot papers and do quality checks before dispatching to polling venues.

As of Saturday afternoon, ballot boxes have been dispatched to various polling venues including Pangia.

Ariando is confident to complete all polling today.

Meanwhile, Jiwaka Province had also deferred their polling to Monday.

More updates to come.

PM O’Neill ends campaign at home province

This included a visit to the Yoko Koya Council Ward, where he opened the new Yoka-Uro elementary school.

“I am here in your village on this last day of campaigning, to open your new school, because expanding infrastructure is of great importance for our government,” O’Neill said.

“We must keep building schools in remote and rural areas, we must keep building better roads and bridges, and we must keep expanding health services.

Why disrupt PNC Rally?

Despite, their policies on free education and free health care programs, its clear many of the literate public are skeptical, thinking critically whether the policies have actually worked effectively during the last five years.

The campaign period was not all smooth sailing for the PNC Party; it had its dramatic moments, starting with the cancelation of the launching of a new state of the art Operating theatre at the Popondetta General Hospital.

​PNC rally disrupted in Hela

The rally was led by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his PNC Hela candidates, with the incumbent member for Tari-Pori and Finance Minister James Marape.

Reports on the ground say the Prime Minister was quickly whisked to safety when the crowd started throwing stones at each other, forcing the police to fire teargas.

The Hela Provincial Police Commander, Michael Welly, has confirmed the reports.

However, the PM’s officials say it is a minor incident between supporters of rival candidates.

This is the third reported disruption from the public at PNC rallies.

O’Neill calls for audit into K8b in trust account

He said the people of Papua New Guinea need to know what happened to the fund.

“Eight billion Kina that belongs to the people of Papua New Guinea went missing,” claimed the PM.

“When we took over, there was almost zero balance in Government accounts. That is why we had to go into deficit budget to build new infrastructure around the country, to pay for our school fees, and to pay for our hospitals that our people deserve.”

Pruaitch slams missionary’s deportation

Pruaitch in a statement said the deportation proves that the government has no respect for the rule of law and for due processes.

He said the Government ignored a stay order from the Kokopo National Court and a prohibition on any airline from carrying out the deportation of the New Zealand citizen.

Tennent, the Administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Rabaul and a former law lecturer at the University of PNG, was deported for reported involvement with landowner issues in East New Britain.

Drunkards behind PNC rally disruption: PPC

Eastern Highlands Provincial Police Commander, Alex N’Drasal, confirmed that the incident was caused by a minority of people, who were chased by those attending the rally.

A stone throwing fight soon broke out but police intervened.

Prime Minister and PNC Party leader, Peter O’Neill, was on ground to show support for his PNC party candidates in EHP on Tuesday.  

O’Neill told Loop PNG that disturbance was caused by a few people under the influence of alcohol.

“People sat down and listened for over 45 minutes of my speech,” said the PM.

VIDEO: Prime Minister in Boku

He was accompanying fellow PNC candidate and incumbent Rigo MP, Ano Pala on his campaign rally.

 

Sophie Yaruso with more

 

 

PM O’Neill highlights transparency in Budget allocation

Speaking before a large crowd in Popondetta, Oro Province, with PNC candidates Delilah Gore for Sohe Open, David Arore for Oro Regional and Sheldon Deilala for Ijivitari Open, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, called for honesty in the opposition.

“Elections are not a time to play politics, elections are a time to stand up and tell the people what you would deliver for our country,” O’Neill said.

“The budget allocation is very straight forward and people need to understand the facts.

“This year our budget is 13 billion Kina.