NGE2017 COUNTING TO BE HELD IN TAPINI BUT NOT IN THE HIGH SCHOOL – FR. BRIAN CAHILL.
Sacred Heart HS is unable to provide the facility for use during the forthcoming election.
Our school will be operating one week into the voting period.
Diocesan and Education Dep policy requires us to maintain a distance and neutrality to the elections.
The school has been used and abused in the past providing for Government functions with the promise of payments that are never made.
The school will be in lock down mode during the mid-year break for students and staff to have a well-deserved break – school administration does not want to be burdened with hosting election activity.
The District Admin has an empty building at the top end of the station.
My advice to the electoral team: get yourselves a gen set for power, dig yourselves some pit toilets, organize accommodation in the empty government houses on the station. Work with the CEO, Titus Girau.
Most importantly do something about the road. Good luck.
If this is too hard for you I suggest you do the counting at Goldie Barracks as per the last four elections.”
Fr Brian Cahill.