THE Pangu Pati, led by Bulolo MP Samuel H. Basil, expects to deliver a clear and practical model of delivery to the Goilala district if it gains leadership from the current by-election.
Intending candidate William Samb who was endorsed by the party, had emphasised that his policy which involves rehabilitating of vital infrastructures in the district will be more practical where needed resource or assets will be made available to drive socio-economic developments to the people.
Mr Samb said with the party’s workable delivery mechanism, he will certainly use it to ensure that all the people of Goilala receive the decent and vital services they are longing for.
He pointed out that roads that needed rehabilitation will be complemented with secured resources for use in areas of basic service areas like health and education or transport.
Mr Samb said the mechanism similarly used to deliver in the Bulolo district will be used to craft his delivery method as the method has worked for Bulolo district under Pangu Pati leader Mr Basil.
After serving 18 years in a teaching career, Boniface Eve is ready to enter political world to serve the interests of his Goilala people.
Eve’s decision to contest is a drastic step for him, especially since he plans to complete outstanding projects that the former MP, the late Daniel Mona, has left behind.
He is among a handful of Goilala elites contesting for the vacant seat.
Mr Eve drew the curtains on his post as the deputy principal, academic, at Gordon International School with an optimistic goal to deliver services for his people in the remote district.
Mr Eve’s drive to contest the by-election was derived from the late Mr Mona’s unvalued contribution to the district.
Mr Eve praised the late Mona as a unique Goilalian tin the history of Central Province politics and the country in general.
“He has set the precedence and I will continue from where he left,” Mr Eve said while contemplating the late MP’s leadership.
“Mona has set the pace and there is no hiding for me. It’s about time that I step out from my comfort zone and utilise my knowledge and experience to bring change to my people of Goilala just like what late Mona had done.”
Mr Eve declared to uphold late Mona’s plans and vision for the district.
He said he was ready to deliver in the short space of time before the next general election in 2017. He said he would implement all development plans projected by the late MP, and would evaluate and analyse these strategies to achieve the set goals.
A review of the five year development plan for Goilala district was the foremost task he would focus on to enhance positive changes for the district.
Mr Eve was part of late Mr Mona’s committee in the Louis Mona education scheme and knew where to carry on from where the late MP had left.
He praised Mr Mona’s leadership, which had placed a high priority on education.
He said Mr Mona had set the precedence for other leaders to follow in delivering to the people without fear or favour.
He said he would focus on education, health and infrastructure, mainly the roads within the district.
He said he would work to complete M
r Mona’s major projects that included the Mondo township and the Doa –Tolokuma Road.
STATEMENT Extradition Treaty between PNG and Indonesia
Hon Sam Basil, Deputy Opposition challenged the Attorney General, Hon Ano Pala to declare his interest in relation to Djoko Tjandra alias Joe Chan before he brings the Extradition Treaty between PNG and Indonesia.
“Mr Ano Pala has the audacity to introduce an Extradition Treaty when he has yet to declare his interest in the issue of Djoko Tjandra. He had been the guarantee of the concerned fugitive and even encouraged to grow rice and engage in office complex construction for the State”.
Mr Basil also wanted the Government to clarify and define how the Extradition Treaty will work as this might affect our West Papuan people. We must be serious to deal with major criminals such as those Papua New Guineans who commit serious crimes in Indonesia and vice versa.
Mr Basil warned the Government not to introduce this Treaty if it will target West Papuans and political prisoners. We should now be addressing the Djoko Tjandra issue in totality when we have given him a citizenship without living in PNG for 8 years as required by Law and yet we cannot respond to Indonesian call to get him sent back to Indonesia.
We must bring this Treaty when we are serious with the issues we want to address. We must also be cautious that we may be forced to hand over West Papuan refuges or border crossers under this Treaty.
SHOULD THE SPEAKER BE A MEMBER OF A POLITICAL PARTY?
The National Parliament of Papua New Guinea is the highest institution in the Country. The Legislative power of the 7.5 million plus people of PNG is vested in the National Parliament and the person who ensures that the peoples’ lawmaking power is exercised by their elected representatives is the Speaker of Parliament. Parliament is a deliberative assembly and if laws are not deliberated or debated properly and bulldozed using the government’s numerical strength, it defeats the very purpose of Parliament. It is just the same as having no parliament at all but a dictatorial executive government.
A Speaker inherits the mantle of spokesperson for and defender of the Parliamentary Democracy. The chief characteristics attaching to the Office of Speaker in the Parliament are authority and impartiality. Parliament loses its dignity and respect if these characteristics are not observed by the person occupying the seat of the speaker.
The Speaker has a role to ensure that all members of Parliament are able to express themselves and to maintain order to enable such free speech. The Speaker must be consistent and fair in his interpretation of the Standing Orders and practice and that the minority’s right to be heard is diligently maintained, instead of hiding behind the curtains of parliamentary standing orders and procedures, gagging constructive debates on national issues and laws tabled in parliament. A fair degree of latitude must be given to members opposite and allow debates, to ensure that there is check and balance on government sponsored legislations.
Section 107(1) of the Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea establishes the offices of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Subsection 4 prohibits Ministers or Parliamentary Leaders of registered Political parties to hold the office of the speaker, purposely to avoid party affiliations and government agenda influence the impartiality of the speaker. The first most important function of the speaker as stipulated in Section 108 of the Constitution is to uphold the dignity of Parliament.
In other democracies such as the United Kingdom, the speaker of the House of Commons, once elected, disassociates himself from party affiliations. The Speaker is impartial in the Chair, withdraws from party meetings and does not debate party issues. The extension of our Westminster system of Government in PNG demands that we have a similar arrangement as that of UK. The Speaker, once appointed, should sever party affiliations. I believe that such an arrangement would strengthen Parliamentary democracy in PNG.
Now in this article, I will analyse the 33 candidates and their number grab and why who is who in their respective LLGs.
Out of the 33 candidates, 6 candidates are from Guari LLG – Mathew Poia, Alex Hoem Robert, John Zamoro, Magario Gaspa, Felix Aka Gitai and Joe Tamatai Manau.
Tapini LLG has has 7 – Titus Girau, Raymond Rex Kopa, Peter Nomai, Peter Keme Ellision, Alponse Moroi, John Kiar and Peter Ino.
Woitape LLG has 19 candidates – Evarista Suda, Eugene Aloysis, Bruce Mamando, Ajax Bia, John Kopa, Mathilda Koma, Cyprian Mang, William Samb, Fabiane Inne, Jimmy Gulolo, John Koga, Philip Fasi, John Mona, Camilo Esef, Felix Koma, Michael Stitt, Boniface Eve, Lawrence Ivoro, and Daniel Simana.
GUARI LLG. [4000 eligible voters]
In my opinion, per LLG respectively, Guari LLG will see a tassle between Mathew Poia and Alex Hoem Robert. Magario Gaspa will ride on the wave of Youth Power but that wont be enough to bring him into the business end of the game.
John Zamoro will take the second and third preferences from Mathew but not first. John might also grab some second preferences from Woitape LLG’s Ward 7 & 8 since he is mix parentage. But will the 2s and 3s be enough to hold him at bay? We will see. Felix is a surprise packet in this line up. If Alex Hoem uses his wife’s connections and family ties effectively, Felix will bow out of the race on the first elimination.
The winner out of this race in Guari will be a hard fight between Mathew and Alex Hoem but if education qualification does have an impact, Felix will give Mathew and Alex a run for their money.
My Tip: Alex will win the Guari LLG, sector of this By election if the Youth Power sticks with Magario. If they [youths] sway, and fingers crossed they go to Mathew, the winner wont be Alex.
TAPINI LLG. [7,000 eligible voters]
Tapini LLG is very interesting. I say interesting because we have a former Central Province Governor in the race. And comes from Tapini LLG. Alphone Moroi mentored and hand picked Titus Girau to be the District Administrator for Goilala. Alex Hoem was someone Moroi coached and mentored to be his choice in the Goilala Open seat.
The election in Tapini LLG will be between Alphonse, Raymond Kopa from Kerau, Peter Nomai also from Kerau, and Titus Girau.
The two densely populated wards in Tapini LLG are Ward 3 and Ward 4. With Tapini Urban [station] taking the 3rd ward to take note of.
Alphonse Moroi will collect handsomely across Tapini LLG. Not because he has has the money to burn or his campaign committee has done the job. This votes will be sympathetic. Back at their home base, Titus and Alphonse with Alex Hoem will split up the Jowa Loloipa, Pilitu votes, with Mathew Poia also having a grab of some first preferences votes from here too.
The big collectors in Tapini LLG will be, in my opinion, Raymond Kopa, Peter Nomai and Alphonse. If Titus Girau strategise well in Jowa and Pilitu areas, he will decide on Alphonse’s fate here and then. But with Alphonse’s popularity, Titus might have to do more than that.
My Tip: Alphonse will collect all across Tapini LLG. But if this votes will be ones, is anyones guess. Raymond and Peter Nomai come from Ward 3 and 4 in Tapini LLG. This can be crucial determining factors. With Moroi, Alex and Titus splitting up their base votes, the winner will be decided between Raymond and Peter Nomai. A tight finish is expected in this one with experience beating Raymond for Nomai.
WOITAPE LLG [14,800 eligible voters]
Knowing the voting power of Woitape LLG, 20 candidates has registed to break this 14,800 amongst themselves. Looking through the list, Bruce Mamado, Jimmy Gulolo, Fabianne Inne, Alphonse Hega and William Samb grabs my attention without doubt.
Chirimes will lock Fabianne. Jimmy and Alphonse with William will break even in Wards 7 and 8. While Bruce Mamado willl lock down Auga Dilava. But hey, Goilalas are known for maintaining the “Blood is thicker than water” statement so Boniface Eve, John Mona and Mathilda and Daniel Simana might spoilt the party for Bruce.
With Auga Dilava number depleted, the winner for Woitape LLG sector will be decided betwen Jimmy, William and Fabiane.
Jimmy is from woitape station. But his mother is from Kambisea/Keilape. Jimmy also has families in Chirime. So his collections of first choice will spread out while Fabianne will collect only in Chirime. William also will collect only in ward 7 while Alphonse will collect in ward 8.
My tip: Amongst the 20, whoever can collect first preference votes across Woitape smartly, will see the business of the game. The person i see doing that is William Samb.
My Overall number distribution amongst candidates in this By election in Goilala will follow suit end of this week. In that article, I will give my tip.