Catholic priest calls on people to vote wisely

​A Catholic Priest is urging voters to say no to corruption and avoid bribery during this election period.

Father Mathias Lopa, head of the PNG Caritas Rabaul Archdiocese highlighted this during a recent LPV Awareness program at Rataval Ward in the Bitapaka LLG of Kokopo District.

With two weeks before the polling period he urged voters who had gathered at the Ratavul Community Hall to watch out for corrupt activities.

He called on the people to vote wisely.

Meantime, he was pleased with the outcome of the day’s event which was facilitated by Caritas PNG Tapo Parish Youth and initiated and sponsored by Kokopo Open Candidate Edward Lamur’s Campaign Team.

The program was an educational event for voters with no campaigning activities allowed during that day.

Father Lopa said it was an excellent program where the people were given the chance to understanding the whole process of the LPV system.

Officers from the Electoral Commission also carried out awareness during the event which helped people broaden their understanding.

“Education awareness is a priority so that the people can make a better choices come polling time” he said.

Caritas PNG is a pastoral Catholic organization involved in addressing various social issues.

Meanwhile, there were a couple of activities during the day including awareness talks and demonstrations, drama activities by the Bitapaka Theatre Group and live band performances.

Freddy Mou