Several hundreds of people in the Nutuve area of central inland Pomio in East New Britain refused to vote when the polling team visited them on Wednesday, to conduct polling in the six council wards. The people, who live in the most remotest part of the Pomio-Nakanai ranges, decided to boycott the national election in protest over the lack of development and government services in their area. Returning Officer for Pomio, Nyros Aumi, revealed this at a briefing of Returning Officers for the four Open electorates and the Regional seat and the provincial elections steering committee in Kokopo. Mr Aumi says polling officials of Team 10 returned to Palmalmal district headquarters with five empty ballot boxes while only one ballot box contained less than a hundred ballots from a small number of people who did cast their votes. The voters who refused to participate, are from Ora, Mago Gelio, Kuage, lalika and Bakuria.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Some don't share Namah's views on #PNG's elections
It is easy for one to be swept up in a lot of emotion regarding events in Papua New Guinea. The recent outbursts by politicians and the general public have shown a lack of level headedness amongst many.
That is why this morning's post by Gray Juffa made my day. Two of his staunchest supporters weren’t on the Electoral Roll and it didn’t matter. The elections are only a failure if we choose to make them a failure.
Likewise, PNG is only a failed nation if we choose to fail it. So far, we’ve stuck together over the past 37 years and throughout the recent political crisis. We’ve chosen to make it work and we will work together through difficult times.
While some people were all fired up over not being able to vote; NBC’s Peter Kilala reported this from East New Britain:
Good on the people of Pomio. This blogger also did not vote and quite frankly; it doesn't bother me. I'm looking forward to what happens after this silly season.