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Tomato seeks to silence PNG political blogger Namorong

July 13, 2017 Leave a comment

KEITH JACKSON

THE Waigani National Court has granted an order sought by electoral commissioner Patilias ‘Tomato’ Gamato (pictured) against the celebrated Papua New Guinean writer, blogger, commentator and social justice fighter Martyn Namorong.

The order was granted by justice Collin Mikail in response to an urgent application by Gamato’s lawyer.

It sought to ban what were termed “defamatory remarks” about Gamato by Namorong.

It was reported the case arose “from alleged defamatory remarks the blogger made on social media associating commissioner Gamato to a fruit.”

That is, a tomato.

Namarong was not present for the hearing because court officials apparently could not locate the well-known public figure to serve documents.

Namorong responded by using social media to publish an image of himself gagged (pictured, with applause from his family).

And on Twitter, Namorong said: “Just heard I am being taken to court. I need a pro bono lawyer.”

To which PNG Attitude has offered to launch a public appeal to establish a fund to defend Namorong if the matter is pursued in court. Stand by, stout souls, on this one.

Mikail ruled the case must come before the court again on Monday 25 July, set to be known locally in some parts of the South Pacific as ‘International Tomato Day’.

Why these PNG elections are taking us towards dictatorship

July 4, 2017 1 comment

Oro Governor Gary Juffa speaking at a campaign gathering … explaining the qualities to look for in national leadership.

Source: Gary Juffa | Pacific Media Centre

I suspect that these Papua New Guinea elections have been so deliberately set to fail, leaving much room for fraud and confusion, that we will be distracted from what is really going on – the establishment of a dictatorship.

Already Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has his own special police unit that flies around Papua New Guinea escorting him in his private airlines, he has a special army unit of 40 exclusively for his callout, he controls the media and Public Service.

And, it seems, the Police and Defence commands — and perhaps the judiciary … the signs and red flags are blinking bright red now…

Yet many people do not see it at all. We are inching closer towards dictatorship and the ensuing bloodshed and violence that must come from the hostility towards it. But like lemmings and sheep, we are led to that reality with little resistance at all. Is this the Papua New Guinea we all believed in once upon a time?

Last Wednesday in Oro province provided a demonstration of how much the PNG government is not for PNG. It was also a demonstration of how democracy should not work.

For instance, the majority — between a third and a half — of Popondetta Urban voting age citizens have not voted because the current common roll does not have their names. Many citizens claim they had made the effort to update their details and were still turned away.

Preliminary roll ‘okay’
Meanwhile, Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has advised that the preliminary roll can be used. This means he indirectly agrees that the EC failed to effectively update the 2017 roll. This instruction was obviously not made known to Electoral Commission officials managing the polling at the Independence Oval on Wednesday.

Many people who had taken time out and had travelled to vote were turned away angry and anxious. This election was certainly costing them. They will have to come back for the last day, but the slowness will probably ensure that a large group will not have been processed by the end of the polling at 4pm.

This will mean that democracy certainly did not prevail in this instance. In fact, many will probably agree that come the end of these elections, democracy was hardly a reality everywhere in Papua New Guinea.

This should hardly be a surprise given that we have actually endured a covert dictatorship and hardly realised it.

Own effort
Meanwhile, not a few of the learned are saying that everyone should have made their own effort to ensure they were registered.

A true statement we all would like to agree with. I was tempted to think this way too. Then I thought of my people in rural PNG. My uncles and aunts who do not read or write and are at once the greatest selfless humans I know and, despite whatever people think, are equal shareholders of this great nation, Papua New Guinea.

They too deserve to vote. They too deserve to be informed. They too have the right to be given the opportunity to decide whether they want to update their details on the common role or not.

May I just say to all my learned friends making such statements as “it’s your fault if you are not on the roll; stop whinging”, that this would be true if the awareness programme had been been carried out sufficiently and it would be true in a society which is totally literate and where means of communication are available to all, a society that, say, had more then just 40 years or so as an independent nation of 1000 tribes with their own language groupings and cultural peculiarities.

Such statements are also spiteful about our people. Many of our people who live in rural PNG do not have access to the benefits of technology and modern services and goods that you may have had and may have now.

Our people, remember them? Well some of these are the people who will adore you and feed you and love you selflessly when or should you ever go home for a visit from time to time.

It would also be a safe statement to make if Papua New Guinea were governed by a government which allowed information access for all. A government that made funding available for provincial governments and relevant information dissemination entities like the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

Government by the people
Of course, that would have to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people …which this government clearly is not, if any of its decisions made in the last five years are anything to go by.

It is clear that the Electoral Commission failed. But the commission is not entirely to be blamed because, the buck stops at the top, and that’s the People’s National Congress (PNC) government of Peter O’Neill.

They have totally failed in the last five years to ensure that everyone was on the roll.

The awareness programme was an abysmal failure. Rural Papua New Guinea especially had virtually no knowledge of this. That’s 85 percent of PNG.

Adequately informed
Were our people adequately informed? They were not.

The Electoral Commission had five years to do this. It failed.

Just as it did with the K200 million national identity (NID) project. Deliberately too, it appears.

This government failed. Peter O’Neill failed

The 2017 Elections are looking very much like a failure.

A planned failure, perhaps … it has to be.

Sipping champagne
From the PNC government’s perspective, maybe they are chuckling and sipping champagne and congratulating each other on a job well done. Chaos provides opportunities for those who plan it to. Who knows?

Meanwhile in stark contrast, preparations for APEC seem to be going on very well. Surprise, surprise. Funding is abundantly available and preparatory meetings, plans, strategies and training and capacity testing efforts are well in progress. Not a few MPs whose companies will be involved in various services needed have already picked up hefty contracts.

So obviously the government can do a great job. If it suits them.

Ask yourself, is APEC more important then the democratic rights of a people to elect their leaders to represent their interests in Parliament?

This just shows how much the PNC government cares for its people. How much? In my measure, it was so weak and poor an effort, so pathetic, it was “zilch”.

Gary Juffa’s commentaries are frequently published by Asia Pacific Report with permission. This commentary is a combination of two of his latest pieces.

O’Neill says election will not be delayed – but what about Namah?

April 10, 2012 3 comments

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, says the nation will have an election on June 23 as scheduled, as public outcry mounts against parliament’s decision to delay the poll by six months.

But Mr O’Neill is proposing the issuing of electoral writs be delayed by one month, arguing voters need more time to inspect the rolls.

It is unclear if electoral commissioner Andrew Trawen, a staunch opponent of the delay, has agreed to the deal.

The proposal comes as Port Moresby braces for protests as news spreads of last week’s controversial parliamentary vote.

That vote by 63 MPs, Mr O’Neill says, was not binding, serving only to voice parliament’s frustration at the unpreparedness of the rolls in the critical, and resource-rich, Highlands region.

‘Let me assure the nation that, except for the date for the issue of the writs, the 2012 elections will go ahead as scheduled by the electoral commissioner,’ Mr O’Neill said in a statement.

Much of the statement spelled out details of a four-hour crisis cabinet meeting attended Mr Trawen.

Mr O’Neill says both cabinet and the electoral commission agreed that the unpreparedness of voting rolls by April 27 was critical and warranted deferral of the election.

The statement only bears Mr O’Neill’s signature, and a spokesman for Mr Trawen would not comment when read its contents.

He said Mr Trawen would make a statement on Tuesday.

However, earlier in the day, Mr Trawen said he was seeking legal advice on the constitutionality of the decision made by parliament on April 5 to defer the elections until October.

‘I will proceed to advise the Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio to issue writs for the 2012 elections as scheduled on 27th April, 2012,’ he said in a statement on Monday.

‘And I want the people of PNG to know that I have always maintained that the commission is prepared and the 2012 elections will go ahead as planned.’

Mr Trawen said preparations were on track and the commission was doing its best to prepare and deliver credible electoral rolls for a June 23 poll.

Mr O’Neill surprised the nation and international observers by backing away from parliament’s vote on Saturday morning.

He said a report cited in parliament, and written by Mr Trawen, did not recommend differing the poll, a claim made by some MPs before the vote to delay.

The proposal comes as Port Moresby shows signs of growing public outcry against parliament’s decision.

A convoy of 10 buses made its way through out the city on Monday, urging a public demonstration in the centre of the city.

There was also a public concert on Ela Beach, where in between songs presenters urged the public to make its voice known.

Students, unionists and former soldiers are expected to attend.

‘I hope it will be peaceful,’ said Godfrey Aisi, who is among a group of former soldiers who will join unions and students on Tuesday morning.

‘We will be angry if the PM does not come and face us.

‘But we will peaceful. We hope the police don’t use teargas on us.’

Critics of the move say PNG’s 36-year-old constitution spells out strict five-year parliamentary terms and gives MPs the power to call early elections, but not defer them.

The police and military have also said they were ready for the elections, Mr Trawen said.

Former prime minister Sir Michael Somare and former attorney-general Sir Arnold Amet say the move is blatantly unconstitutional.

‘No parliament since independence has used its numbers to buy more time in office than these desperate 63 members of parliament who voted for the deferral of the elections,’ Sir Michael said.

Fighting talk on PNG Blogs

April 7, 2012 25 comments

I think we start planning an assasination of O’Neill, Namah, Nape, Maladina & Marat…..these 4 will be noted down in PNG’s history as MP’s killed on active duty while trying to destabilise the judiciary of PNG and creating an imbalance of Powers….My fellow countrymen we must not fear to eliminate them in the best interest of stability for our nation!…..

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Mate,

Lets do it. Everyone should stand up for the sake of the country.

Count me in.

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Former PNGDF SFU member 1 day ago in reply to firstclassof95sfu

yes member….lets stand up to protect our country from falling apart!!…..I call on all current all members of the serving disciplinary forces to stand up for their people and country and lets all move to assasinate or arrest the the current regime members…..they are not important people anymore in the eyes of this country to be protected, supported and escorted around any more!…they have proven to be lunatics who got into power by chance and a creating a mass…..we cannot sit idle anymore and watch them do this….they are nobody…they dont have the heart for this nation and its people!…..lets rise up now!!!

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Any able person…please go ahead and kill them and save our beautiful country!!

 Just get them eliminated from this planet!

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No. good idea though. U cant kill everyone. We have to start an armed revolution. Revolution is the only way out. Armed Revolution is the legitimate means of overthrowing a tarranical and corrupt ragime or government and usher in a new political order. It is fundermental change based on a reordering and reorganisation of the entire political, economic and social systems. If the people have built this nation they can tare it down and rebuild it. Commrads give me a gun and a sword. I will put up my case this weekend on this blog this weekend why I believe an armed revolution is the only solution to the problems of corruption and thivery and injustice and oppression that is rampant in our motherland.

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Our PM is a Puppet with double Tongue, See what he said o Earleir this week , and now what has happened !June election on, says PM Source:
The National,Tuesday 03rd April 2012 PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has reassured Australian deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop that the general election will be held as scheduled in June.Bishop is on an official visit to Papua New Guinea, accompanied by parliamentary colleagues from the Queensland state government. They are expected to visit Bougainville later.O’Neill thanked AusAID and the Australian Defence Force for the administrative and logistical support they were providing on the election preparation.On the sovereign wealth fund, O’Neill said parliament had passed legislation and that it was all encompassing to include management of returns from major resource projects in PNG and be accessible to consolidated revenue.On issues relating to the Pacific, O’Neill expressed satisfaction about the new arrangements with the United States on the multilateral tuna treaty.On the political situation in Fiji, O’Neill told Bishop that he had met with interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama late last year and had strongly urged him to remain committed to the 2014 deadline for parliamentary elections and to return Fiji to democratic rule.On Bougainville, he said the government continued to remain engaged and had availed funding to the Autonomous Bougainville Government for the development of major infrastructure and was working to fully restore government services.Bishop congratulated O’Neill for managing the country well under the current circumstances.

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With the utmost blessings from this great motherland of ours…I can patrioticly swear on oath that their life cost much much more less than the chair they occupy at the parliament house…..they are even worth a dime less than the spent bullet-head of a sniper-scope rifle with a 300mtr radius…..they don’t deserve to live on this land anymore!

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PNG, ready to go on mass strike nationwide if it is definitely defered as rumored. This illegitimate government is feeding PNG to the dogs!

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Sekim_em 1 day ago

f*&k, kill all the politicians who voted for the deferral of the elections… the timing is really cunning too.. easter and the government wants to defer the elections… kill them..

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het pen 1 day ago

giaman reasons nambaut ya. bloody snakes. These issues can be resolved if the government really wants the elections to go ahead..looks like we’re heading for bloodshed..

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Who said bloodshed is not good? By the way christans believe in bloodshed because we are saved by His (Christ) Blood. We need to shed our blood to save this country from ruin. Lets start a revolution.

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This is very dangerous territory for Peter O’Neill.

www.garamut.wordpress.com

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Former PNGDF SFU member 1 day ago

Why is the PNG Military hierarchy so silent and follwing the decision of this rogue government like sheeps led to the slaugther house????……Why are all the majors, colonels, lt colonels & generals in the PNGDF so silent at this time when the interest of this nation is at stake?????  Why are they submissive to the once junior rank officer who is now the loud mouthed DPM?????…..Fiji has done it twice ……and for us….NOW is the appropriate time for the military to rise up and do a unanimous coup with complete support from the civil society so that we locked all the current regime members in Bomana and lets call    fresh election under interim military rule until such time when elections are complete and newly elected members can form the new government……COME ON !!! we can show the world that we can use military to suppress lunatic and drunken regimes with more democratic and people focus government!!!……..Come on Francis Agwi…call the shots and lets get something rolling from your end…if you feel that you are not the right man…then step down and let someone else do it while you provide your support…..it is not about former regime or current regime …IT IS ALL ABOUT OVERTHROWING A ROGUE REGIME AND INSTALLING A NEW DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE GOVERNMENT………..Lets lock all the current regime members at BOMANA with the common criminals…..no special prison required since they are not acting like special people……….COME ON !!!…This is our motheland and our country and we must not sit back and let it evaporate into thin air for the sole interest of a few greedy people who have dirty money to play around…..WHO IS BELDEN NAMAH & O’NEIL…they are nobody!!!!!!! come on lets do it!!

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Francis Agwi has a pot belly he is physically unfit to do anything, besides he must have a secured retirement superannuation fund guaranteed by the Namah Nambawan super fund so he will definitely refuse to loose that funding.

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Tindi Apa 1 day ago

Let us take on arm revolution! We are against this crop of leaders…..we are against this government…we will fight on the streets…we will take up arms….

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Sarufa Mere 1 day ago

Civil Society — Rise Up. Enough is enough. Lets take a civil protest on the streets nationwide.

We are controlled evil-minded leaders.

Send this message via mobile phones to everyone on your contact list.

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K600 Taxman 1 day ago

Kan burn the Parliment……..!!!

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Bro,

Thats exactly what we must do, let do it now or we will all regret.

Support your idea K600 to the fullest.

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It is well overdue for maintenance anyway but the maintenance cost might be more than building a new one so the proposition to burn it down is a good one but the fire should be set alight under the speakers seat so it’s the first thing to get burnt. In the event the fire is put of at least the speakers sit is not there. He is the asshole that has fuck the country big time.

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PNG1 1 day ago

Send these expressions of anger to  Speaker Nape, O’Neilll, Namah and all of them.  They do not deserve peoples sympathy.  They should be gotten rid off,  by civil society. I fully support expressions expressed. People have the right to protest against such acts of government, including the police, defence personal, this is way it is justified to do so.  Police should also take part but in a way to protect property.  By people I mean public servants, women groups, church groups, Ngos, and the elite should stand up for the masses of our rurla people who would no have a clue and are oblivous to what is going on.  This a time when civil should stang together.

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They needed more time to break the safe to get more money, and now they just bought enough time to steal more, Shame of them,

They have laws to keep the judges quiet , so now they are on top of the world, more like Sadam, Hitla, Gadaffi and the likes

Namah has thown money around to buy votes to make his words comes true,  If O’Neil is one of the 63 who voted FOR then he is a Liar. But if he in the group of 10 who voted AGAINST, then the picture is clear, NAMAH is running the show with money, not O’Neil is not in control , he has no number power. Power lies with man with money.

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Former PNGDF SFU member 1 day ago

By the way….a few brainstorm thoughts….where in POM exactly is the home of O’neil, Namah, Maladina & Marat…can anyone give me some specific infor to start with…a google map indication will do………….we have read & heard about it elsewhere…now its time it happen right on our doorstep!……

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Bro,

Another strategy, their weaknesses are their families, if you can’t get them, kidnap and execute their immediate family members which will send a clear message to them and I know all their Policemen and soldiers are ill trained, undisciplined, pot belly and the doctrine they are using are out of date.

I am fully doctrinal and will help in any analysis of plan for any uprising.

I am a founding member of your former unit and very influential. I will get in touch with the rest of the boys tomorrow, some serving and some like you.

God bless us.

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SF Buddy, I agree if they are hard to get, we must target their partners. For example if we can’t get Belden, we must target his girl- friend and sweetheart Sam Basil. By the way Sam Basil is a gay.

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Former PNGDF SFU member 1 day ago in reply to SF Buddy

Bud…lets get things rolling to save our beautiful land…..their is no better time than NOW…this country needs us…..this regime and its leaders are nuts…they are no better than Ghadaffi, Saddam and the likes….they must be dethroned immediately for our good of our country that we swear an oath to protect!…..

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Former PNGDF SFU Member, SF Budy, once SFUstillaSFU all yu are chicken guys …SFs don’t errantly outburst in blogs. They keep their mouth and shut their ass, pondering their move for their best shot..come dickheads. Don’t be like fools, why not you guys go to Namah and tell him about our corncens for our people sake. Namah was SF01 wasn’t he? He is one of your budy come one guys there is no one  closure to him than you guys…there are other SF buddys at his back. Get them together and have some sort of forum. I know for sure that he is the one who is manipulating O’Niell and stink parliment.

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Former PNGDF SFU member 10 hours ago in reply to Warrior 06

Bro…blogs are medium to get people’s reactions and thoughts so that
everyone is tune up to the beat before anything happens….I understand
the painful anger we all have…but there needs to be a full majority
support and tune up for a good cause to save our country.

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Oconnerjohn41 1 day ago

I call upon all Papua New Guineans from across the length and breadth of the nation to put all differences aside and stand together as a united people for the sake of our Country and its Constitution and to take up the struggle and fight to ouster the rule of this rogue regime. The constitution of our country has never been subjected to abuse and tampering for self-centered interests by any ruling regimes in the history of the country. It is however been seriously breached and tampered with by this regime and there is no doubt that a much serious and destructive agenda looms and that is the abrogation of the entire constitution for political expediency. The suspension of two of our most senior judges, who are official and custodian of our constitution and the much recent decision by this gang of politicians to defer elections, signifies a looming disaster for the Country. At no time in the history of this nation has the constitution of the country been tampered with so recklessly and deliberately compromised for political expediency. This regime has seen fit to make an absolute mince out of our Constitution by enacting a law  to enable the  direct suspension of  two of  the elites of this country (our best brains) and further  derail and trample our foundational laws by postponing the elections. This regime and its band of politicians have seriously hijacked our country and in so doing are headed for a dictatorial style of governance where the wielding of executive power will be raw and answerable to on-one and no institution. This regime has gutted out the Judiciary Arm of our Government and rendered it powerless to intervene in conflicts of raw power wielding by this lunatics. What other institution has the state left with to protect and defend the freedom and adjudicate justice for our people. There is none, the Judiciary has now been toyed with. Papua New Guineans you have a justifiable reason to be concern as your future hangs in the balance but more critically in the hands of a group of lawless and dubious and double faced politicians who will not give a hack about the welfare of this country. Before the worst beholds us, my dear brothers and sisters, we must act and act now. You have the democratic rights but not only that, you have the same freedoms all other democratic countries enjoy, so I urge you all country men to rise out of your comforts and take a stand for your country and Constitution. I urge fellow countryman in the police force and Army to use your conscience, the very Constitution you swore to defend and uphold is under threat will you defend it.? I urge you to break ranks with the rogue regime, and join ranks with your countrymen and women and defend this land and its Constitution and take back PNG from the dirty and corrupted paws of this regime. Let’s take back PNG.!

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Former PNGDF SFU member 1 day ago in reply to Oconnerjohn41

UNDIVIDED SUPPORT!!!  LETS DO IT!!

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BUSH HUNTER 1 day ago

PLIS YUPLA  TOKTOK OK TRUTRU OK  PLIS WOKIM SAMTING STRET NAU. I AM OVERSEAS AND SEEING AND READING ALL THESE HAVE MADE ME BURN WITH ANGER.  I AM SWEARING LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN MY LIFE, EVEN THOUGH IT IS HOLY THURSDAY. JUST GET ORGANISED AND GET THE BALL ROLLING. AND MAKE SURE ALL THOSE MOTHER FUCKING POLICEMAN AND SOLDIERS WHO HAVE BEEN PAID BY NAMA AND THE LIKE NOT STAND IN YOUR WAY. TRU ANTAP MI TOK, I JUST WISH I AM IN PNG RIGHT NOW FOR I AM A REALLY GOOD ARMATURE MARKSMAN. NOT TRAINED BUT I CAN DO A GOOD JOB. HAVE TRIED IT BEFORE WHILST HUNTING  ANIMALS AND I BELIEVE I CAN DO IT ON THESE BUNCH OF ASSHOLES TOO! IF ONLY I AM AT POM RIGHT NOW!

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KDONem 13 hours ago

Cool down guys, why has no one mentioned the fact that Andrew Trawen’s incompetency in getting his work done on time the root cause of all this and why is no one not demanding the immediate removal of this bloody hopeless idiot!. Parliament is ruled by the majority and not by Peter O’Neil himself so why attack him and overlook the above fact? Parliament has capitalized on Andrew Trawen’s failure to defer elections by six months. Could we not think for a moment and try to reason things before crying foul like some villagers here, we are made up of a very diverse group of people, 80% of which are not as informed as we the members of this forum are. People are more bound to takes sides following tribal identities more than what you discuss here on this forum. What you are discussing here will only serve your own interests and not the interest of more than 80% of the people in this country, children need to get on with schooling, people need to live their lives, we the very minority should not disrupt the whole country. What is six month?, nothing! Maybe we can use the six months to clean up Andrew Trawen’s mess and have the Indians install the electronic vote counting system, vote counting has always been the most corrupt part of our voting system. Let us clean this up and use the six months to install the electronic vote counting system, this will the best thing we can do for ourselves to get alot of the crooks out of Parliament if we can. Come on guys, think out of the box and think positive and accept some change initiated by our elected leaders. Do we have to be like everyone else in the world? We are land of the unexpected, we can do things different, accept it and get on with life!. Over to you..

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KDONem,

Olgeta em ol toktok tasol na nogat man bai kirapim unless of course there is already an existing network from the intellectuals down to grass roots. FULL STOP! PNG is deeply rooted into tribalism of over 800 languages and this is reality. If they kill Peter O’neill, Belden Namah and their current executives, they are rest assured that Somares, current opposition and Judiciary  will not be left untouched. And this is what they are calling for – civil war, more bloodshed, brother against brother. Surely, we can not and must not go down this road….

Let us talk reality.
1. The grass roots (80 %) like and revere our armed force out of respect. Our armed force is made up of people from almost every tribal group in PNG and they are very representative. Good thinking civilians with standing in our respective communities who think first for the country should infiltrate  into the ranks and file of our DF for a possible military coup. I truly support this and me and my tribes men and women will stand up for the course – free PNG of corruption and make a fresh new start over about 5-10 years.

2. Lets bear with and let this election be moved 6 months forward and after which the current 109 members should be all voted out. Those of you talking about physically killing the current government / opposition members are now given an extension of 6 months to go back to your tribes and effectively carryout awareness to removed your current MPs for fresh new bloods in png politics.

3. Corruption appears to be and is institutionalized and therefore, after new politicians have moved to form the government, all bureaucrats be changed with new managers from private industries who are well disciplined. These group of dept heads will instill discipline and budget control with prudent public finance management as is the case in private sector.

4. Revisit our constitution and make necessary tougher amendments to capture since independence and going forward, any MP or bureaucrat / public office holder found to have stolen from the public purse fraudulently, the state must forfeit his / her properties for the people of PNG.

5. Investigate all Politicians, bureaucrats and business cronies / associates since independence and recoup money, properties, lands and etc.. fraudulently obtained be released or reimbursed to the people of PNG.

Lets take either option 1 and or 2 who will implement 3, 4 and 5.

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Sniper 21 hours ago

Fellow country men, women and children, enought is enough!!!!!! PNG does not belong to the 63 of them. Someone please get the Parliaemnt hansard so the 7 million of us know who to target. Let us rise up NOW and FIGHT to save this country!

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Former PNGDF SFU member 10 hours ago

Since Independence they were much more bigger problems than this…but elections were still held on time…Andrew Trawen was there when the 2007 general elections were conducted which all the current MPs are part of…I can clearly see you are one of those that believe everything the MPs are saying and doing…..the timing of the introduction of the Judicial law and the deferral of elections can be seen clearly by everyone as a deceitful by the current regime….O’neil has publicly lied to PNGeans that election will be held on time and the judical bill will be given more time before implementing it…..EVERYTHING IS NOW CRYSTAL CLEAR about the motive of the current regime…….you seem to be the only one with a non-intelligent syndrome…..therefore accepting everything very submissively……ignorant people like you are what this regime needs more of so that they can continue to step on you and make whatever decisions they wish!………….start thinking or you will never think again..

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PRO PNG ARM REVOLUTION2010 18 hours ago

Hell hell hell, heard enough, seen enough. I have long dreamed of am Armed Revolution unit to go way forward to solve all this mass.To all the pattriots above who are in for the Armed Revolution, I have just started working but can back you guys up with any financial needs. Though I dont have the military skills, I also want to get into the action and blow some brains out of these cunts. We need to start up something. FULL SUPPORT FOR PNG ARM REVOLUTION- lets fight for the rights of our people, our land and country. PNG PRO – ARMED REVOLUTIONIST…

Backlash online as PNG postpones elections

April 7, 2012 2 comments

Felim McMahon

Citizens of Papua New Guinea expressed anger Friday after parliament voted to delay elections by six months. Prime minister Peter O’Neill repeatedly promised the poll would go ahead, but public representatives were told electoral rolls were not updated and the police weren’t ready for the vote, which had been scheduled for June.

It’s a sad day for #PNG. I’m quite disappointed in Peter O’Neill. This will not go down well with the people. Expect a backlash #PNG #pngpol

There was an immediate and unfavourable reaction to the news online:

From : newsonabc

May God have mercy on your evil little political souls, oh current govt. “For the people”, Blahh… Goh die 🙂#pngpol

Opposition leader, Dame Carol Kidu, said the postponement was an abuse of the constitution.

What more will they do in the determination of a few to “test the Constitution”. Will they eventually attempt to suspend the Constitution? Namah has repeatedly said that not all countries have a Constitution and ours was written by foreigners? Where are they leading this nation?

From : Masalai

Protests against the election postponement and the bid to exert power over the judiciary are being planned for Tuesday:

Next week Tuesday Supreme Court decides legitimate govt. Students and public will protest against JCA and the 6 month election delay #PNG

PNG’s former attorney general, Sir Arnold Amet, agreed that the deferral is unconstitutional:

“It is clearly a misconstruction, misinterpretation and whichever legal advisor gave that advice is fundamentally wrong,” he said. Amet is also a former chief justice and says PNG’s constitution only allows the life of parliament to be extended in an emergency such as a war.

From : ABC

There were early indications that dissatisfaction would translate into protest action:

#PNGeans are expressing outrage via social media to the govt’s deferral of elections. There’s a massive backlash.

The move to delay elections came 24 hours after a law was passed which allows parliament to remove ‘biased’ judges. Two senior judges were then suspended under the terms of the new law. The judges are part of a five-man Supreme Court bench hearing a major constitutional case arising from a leadership battle between O’Neill and his predecessor Sir Michael Somare. In December, the Supreme Court ordered that Somare be reinstated, ruling that O’Neill was not lawfully appointed.

Transparency International (PNG) chairman Lawrence Stephens … said the good governance watchdog was horrified at the manner in which the legislation was rushed through parliament.

“This act by the members of the parliament is an attack to the rights of Papua New Guineans,” he said, “The bill now passed by the national parliament will control and suppress the conduct of judges of the National and Supreme Courts.”

From : malumnalu

Some Papuans asked if it was time to check the power of parliament:

The recent developments on the #PNG political scene begs the question of whether or not we need another level of Parliament, like the Senate

Others wondered if their leaders had taken leave of their senses:

Disgusting News #PNG ! Is there anyone left in parliament who is still sane?

The news present a challenge for Australia, whose foreign minister Bob Carr said it would seek to convince O’Neill’s administration to change its approach. Carr previously warned Australia would impose sanctions on its former dependent territory if elections were delayed, but on Thursday he said sanctions would be premature.

” We have a commitment to seeing that countries in this region stick by a democratic formula … The old formula that says people determine their rulers and they do it on a regular basis.”

From : Radio Australia

#PNG Carr’s first real crisis. Strategic neighbour in total defiance. How will he handle it? What will he say? What impact can he have?

Deputy prime minister Belden Namah warned against foreign interference after parliament passed the measures by 63 to 11 votes:

“Whatever (Australian Foreign Minister) Mr Bob Carr says about sanctions, I want to say … do not threaten the independent state of PNG,” he said, You must respect our wishes. You must not intrude into our election process.”

From : PNG blogs

But PNG’s government must also take into account its image abroad, as underlined by this tweet:

#PNG definition of an independent state is one that has donors support its citizens while its leaders loot the country.

Part of that external aspect is the question of natural resources. PNG is witnessing unrest over a controversial gas pipeline, which resulted in one death this week:

A worker lays dead after a police shoot out at ExxonMobil’s LNG project in the Southern Highlands Province #PNG http://t.co/7gNy2Cvi

Internally, there are fears for the stability of the country. Opposition leader Kidu added that she feared for PNG’s future if constitutional order was undone:

Dame Carol says there is a limit to the tolerance of the people of PNG and she thinks the country is getting very close to that limit. But how it will evolve is hard to predict, she says, as PNG is a very fractured society of over 800 tribes held together by the constitution. Dame Carol says without the constitution as supreme PNG is in danger of becoming a dictatorship or disintegrating into anarchy ruled by warlords.

From : Radio New Zealand

 Some are wondering about the suitability of the current system of government:

The deferral of the #PNG elections – another facet of the Westminster political system wilts in the face of political realities

Others counseled that the future did not have to be dark:

So much seems so wrong in #PNG. But the future does not hav 2 b bleak. Good things r happening where ppl are taking control of their future

Outrage after elections delayed

April 6, 2012 6 comments

By Liam Fox

There is outrage in Papua New Guinea over the government’s decision to defer national elections by six months.

The deputy prime minister says the deferral is not a bid to hang onto power, but many people do not believe him.

Social media is a relatively new phenomenon in PNG, but people are using it to vent their anger at the government.

Robert Kama was in the public gallery when parliament voted for the deferral and he summed up the mood.

“I think the government’s announcement of deferral is in the interests of the government, not the interests of the people of this country,” he said.

The deputy prime minister maintains the deferral is necessary because the government needs more time to adequately prepare for the vote.

But PNG’s former attorney-general, Arnold Amet, says the deferral is unconstitutional [not that Amet ever let that worry him when he was AG! – editor] .

“It is clearly a misconstruction, misinterpretation and whichever legal advisor gave that advice is fundamentally wrong,” he said.

He is also a former chief justice and says PNG’s constitution only allows the life of parliament to be extended in an emergency such as a war.

The opposition says it will challenge the deferral in court.

The move comes despite repeated assurances from prime minister Peter O’Neill that polling would go ahead as planned.

Voting was due to begin at the end of June.

If the deferral goes ahead it will be the first time in PNG’s history that elections will not be held every five years.

This is not going to go down very well with locals in Papua New Guinea. I did manage to speak to some of the people who were in the public gallery, who saw what went on, and not a single one supported this move.

They all said that they wanted the election to take place as soon as possible so that the people can sort out this ongoing political drama this leadership tussle between Peter O’Neil and the man he replaced, Sir Michael Somare.

Indeed, one of the people I talked to was a prospective candidate who said he’s now disadvantaged – he has been getting ready to proceed with the elections and campaign and now he can’t do that.

Warning to Australia

Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea has warned other countries, particularly Australia, not to interfere in its internal affairs.

Perhaps in anticipation of an international backlash, deputy prime minister Belden Namah warned other countries not to interfere.

He singled out Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr who floated, then later retracted, the idea of imposing sanctions on Papua New Guinea if elections were delayed.

“Whatever Mr Bob Carr says about sanctions, I want to say this: do not threaten the independence of this country,” Mr Namah said.

Mr Carr is yet to comment.

But in a statement, Prime Minister Julia Gillard made no mention of sanctions but maintained Australia believed the elections should be held on time.

“While we respect Papua New Guinea’s sovereignty, as a strong supporter and long-time friend of Papua New Guinea, Australia believes the elections should be held on time, in accordance with the constitution,” she said.

“Papua New Guinea’s democracy has to date had a good record of holding elections on time.”

Government defers national elections

April 5, 2012 5 comments

By  Liam Fox 

Papua New Guinea’s government has taken the unprecedented step of deferring the country’s national elections.

The government successfully moved a motion to defer the national elections by six months with a vote of 63 to 11.

Before the vote, the minister assisting the prime minister on electoral matters, Waka Goi delivered an update on electoral preparedness.

He said there was a fundamental shortfall of around $30 million, electoral rolls were not ready and police were also not ready to provide security.

During the debate most MP’s supported the moves, while others said the delay should only be two months.

Deputy prime minister Belden Namah said the deferral was a special case, and the government was not hungry for power.

Former attorney general Sir Arnold Amet says the deferral is unconstitutional and will be challenged in court.

Voting was due to begin at the end of June.

Prime minister Peter O’Neill had repeatedly assured Papua New Guineans and the international community that the elections would proceed as scheduled.

It is the first time elections have been delayed in PNG’s history.