​Simbu polls underway

Provincial Election Manager Tom Sine told Loop PNG this morning that everything has been prepared and polling teams are ready to conduct the polls.

He said despite the deferral on Monday, people are looking forward to casting their votes today.

The one-day polling, scheduled for yesterday for the three highlands provinces, did not eventuate in some districts due to grievances raised by candidates and supporters regarding the Electoral Roll and other issues.

More to come...

​Common roll issue in Simbu

Simbu Election Manager Tom Sine told Loop PNG that people have raised concern with the issue of common roll and names not on the list to vote.

Sine said most areas in the province have no names on the common roll.

“We are set to go except that the issue of Common Roll has been raised and we’re still waiting for directions from Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato.”

He added that as soon as Gamato gives his directives, they will update the people of Simbu.

More to come… 

Another PNC rally disrupted in Simbu

Incumbent Governor for Simbu and PNC candidate, Noah Kool while hosting a final rally at Kundiawa town this afternoon was thrown stones at.

Reports on ground say, he was stoned by supporters of rival candidate, John Kerenga Gugl.

He was taken to the hospital and treated for minor abrasions and lacerations to the head.

Police confirmed that the confrontation started between supporters of the two candidates.

Provincial Election Manager, Reverend Tom Sine said both candidates were taken to the Police Station and resolved the issue.

CIC hold meet to update on CBB

The meeting, which began yesterday and ends today, will include stakeholders from Western Highlands and Chimbu.

The CIC will be presenting an update on the CBB incursion and measures they and other authorities will be implementing and will also allow for feedback and suggestions as a way forward for the benefit of all players in the industry.

Towa takes initiative to help job seekers

It is indeed a struggle securing a job – any job, as long as it puts food on the table.

Year after year, institutions pour more fresh graduates into the pool of job seekers and the demand increases with the desperation to be the eligible one.

But what happens if you don’t succeed for a job in your field? You either settle for a job outside your field of expertise, you start up your own business or you give up altogether.

A young man from Kerowagi, Chimbu Province, has taken the responsibility on himself, to assist job seekers.

PNG Civil Registry opens office in Chimbu

The office was commissioned by the Registrar General of Papua New Guinea, Dickson Kiragi and was officiated by Simbu Governor, Noah Kool, Provincial Administrator Joe Kunda and other senior officers from the provincial administration.

During the commissioning of this office Otto Sine was appointed as Provincial Registrar and is responsible for signing of certificates within the Chimbu Province.

ICCC signs cooperation agreement with Simbu

The MoU paves the way for both parties to work together and enforce the consumer protection, completion, and economic regulation work for the ICCC.

Under the MoU, a Business Development Officer (BDO) within the Commerce Division of the Provincial Administration will be formally recognized and resourced as an ICCC appointed agent to perform the monitoring and enforcement function of the ICCC.

The BDO will work in close collaboration with the ICCC’s Highlands Regional office and will be guided and required under the MoU to undertake 11 main activities.

Foundation established to help people in Chimbu

The Wiwe Hora Relief Foundation (WHRF) launched the programs on Jan 4, 2017.

WHRF is a Chimbu based rural non-profit NGO  aim to serve the people in their community as well as other surrounding communities.

The foundation was established in 2015 during the drought period which affected most the rural communities in the Highlands.

The main objectives of WHRF is to relieve the rural communities in any disaster stricken events and as well as emergency cases, like death.

So far, WHRF has delivered two lots of relief supplies to Wara Sua Community in 2015.

Youths vow to weed out drugs and homebrew

Thousands of people who gathered in Kundiawa town last Friday made a new year resolution to eradicate drugs such as marijuana and homebrew or steam which is destroying the future generations.

The New Year resolution was done in front of Opposition Leader, Don Pomb Polye.

Polye was invited as the guest speaker by Simbu Youth Group which is working with police and the Simbu Provincial government to eradicate drugs and steam from the province.

He was welcomed by traditional dancing groups and mothers and youth groups upon arrival, prior to the actual event.

Banking services arrive in rural areas

The groups include Voice for Change in Jiwaka, along with KGWan Eco-Habitat Inc. and Independent Reform and Restoration Movement (IRRM) in Chimbu.

They will all become banking agents with MiBank, and expect to open accounts for more than 400 farmers.

IRRM Manager Toppy Sundu said in the past they never had bank accounts and had to hide their money or spend it.

"If we did have a bank account it took all day to travel to town to deposit or withdraw money. It would cost us money for PMV and was not safe," he said.