Awareness vital for referendum: NRI

Awareness and discussion is vital for a successful process of the Bougainville Referendum.

Team Leader of National Research Institute’s study into the Bougainville Referendum, Dr Thomas Webster, highlighted this during his research presentation to students at the University of Papua New Guinea.

He emphasised the importance of Bougainvilleans having access to vital information that will help them make an informed decision when the Referendum is held.

He said people need to make an educated choice and be able to live with the outcome, even if the outcome is difficult.

Dr Webster also encouraged the students, mostly youths, to be more aware of what’s happening around them and participate more, as decisions of leaders today will affect their future.

Among the discussions, one thing was certain, despite whatever the outcome, students called for peace to prevail.

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Charmaine Poriambep