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  1. Justin Ondopa
    Justin Ondopa December 7, 2016 at 10:13 am

    The highway to hell starts from paradise… Bri has a point of contention with what happened out there, but going back to PNG, we have this “block voting” active and alive, opposed to party line. Tribal, marriage, and customary alliance is still active.. minus the anticipated party manifesto. This election might go with the latter….

    We hope for changes, but the current government has ‘institutionalised’ itself like nothing seen before. If the fraud court cases, task force sweep, student protests…. all fell shot of achieving an outcome. The chances of this government returning to form the 10th Parliament is looming.

  2. John Domyal
    John Domyal November 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks Bal
    Your discussions around “expect the unexpected” in the election turnout in recent US presidential election and would expect the same for upcoming PNG election holds some expectations for the land of expect the unexpected-PNG politics.

    In the recent US election, one truth that even Americans failed to understand is this; many Americans rejected the status quo under Democrats. That led to Republican winning the President seat, majority seats in Senate and House of Representatives, a complete whitewash. American across the states demonstrated what they are not happy with and what they want going forward.

    Back to PNG political scene, we have seen and gone through the turbulence of PNC and coalition run government including those broad day light high level corruption cases against Prime Minister, cabinet Ministers and top bureaucrats of departments, unprecedented high record of foreign loans, low cash flow while PNG deliver one of its biggest project-LNG Project. One notable development across the institutions and agencies is that everyone in position of authority seems to serve only one Master. These will go on records in 2017 election outcome as we assumed.

    The difference we may find is that; in American there is educated voters base than PNG, though some public awareness done by activists and students around the country, the possibility of cash exchange during election unlike America is very much inevitable. Also foul play during polling and counting period is another area of concern that would skewed outcome of election results-expect the unexpected.

    Otherwise, educated elites in PNG have known and seen the governance situation in PNG by the current PNC and coalition led government, it’s not a secret.

    1. Bal Kama
      Bal Kama November 28, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Educated and informed voters is an important point John and this is definitely a challenge for PNG. But i think PNG voters are more educated than they were in the previous elections about, not only the inefficiency of the government but also on the electoral processes and the importance of their votes. But we’ll have to wait and see whether that will translate to some form of political change alluded to in the article.

      Bal

  3. Bri olewale
    Bri olewale November 25, 2016 at 10:58 am

    What happened in the US elections is certainly not people power or democracy at work……

    If it was truely people power and democracy then we would all be preparing for a CLINTON presidency…

    The truth is that Americans do not have the constitutional right to vote for a president…….

    That responsibility lies with the electoral college…..A kill switch installed by the American founding fathers to ensure the peasants did not select the President. ….

    In PNG just as it is in America all the politicians are members of one party…..The “Property” party (vidal)

    1. Bal Kama
      Bal Kama November 28, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Bri, a good observation. Although arguable whether the right to vote was legitimately exercised, people were given the opportunity to vote nevertheless.

      The concern in the article is not so much that issue, but a likelihood for change in PNG political leadership.

      Bal

  4. Charles Litau
    Charles Litau November 25, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Thanks YbK.

    God is no respector of persons. Even my view shall not change one iota of God’s divine power and will. We need to be found listening to the will of God and his prevailing wisdom.

    Can not speak of Trump neither Brexit. Both situations are unique in their own merit. The trends are not familiar and comparable enough to suggest that people power will speak again.

    I would rather say nothing than worry about the chicken before it hatches. Enough writings on the wall.

    Even if I wait….my anticipation is on God to lead me daily. Your views, YbK, are responsible and respected.

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