MP disappointed with leaders' attendance

Tewai-Siassi MP and one of the commissioners of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission has expressed disappointment over lack of involvement by fellow Morobean MPs in the nationwide consultation on the review of the election law.

Dr Kobby Bomareo, who was among the consultation team headed by Chairman and Henganofi MP, Robert Atiyafa, made this observation during the consultation in Lae, Morobe Province, last week.

In a statement, Dr Bomareo said: “Now when the consultation came to Morobe, I hardly see a national politician, we had only one who came last Thursday; no provincial politicians.

“These laws will affect you the leaders,” he said.

“Speaking as a Morobean politician, this is not good enough for me, this is not welcoming.”

He further said he was surprised that there was also no representation from the Provincial Election Steering Committee during the consultation last Thursday and Friday in the city.

Dr Bomareo said this was contrary to his experience of the consultation in Western Highlands and Jiwaka where the political heads of the provinces, the provincial administrators, the provincial executive council and PESC members among other important stakeholders attended and participated in the consultation.

Meantime, the consultation in Morobe ended with a public forum at Mutzing market in the Markham District last Saturday.

This marked the end of the first leg of the nationwide consultation on the Review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections, which started from Western Highlands and extended through to Jiwaka, Simbu, Eastern Highlands and Morobe.

The next leg of the consultation is expected to cover the New Guinea Islands region.

(Dr Kobby Bomareo, centre, during the consultation)

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