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April, 03, 2008 12:38 Age: 10 yrs


Category: SSS News

"Mi Wari Long You"

This was an election campaign slogan that caught my attention while Jeannette Bolenga and I were in PNG as part of the International Observers team, representing USP’s Governance programme.  The election slogan was coined by Mr. Wari Vele who was a member of parliament running for elections in July 2007. In PNG “pidgin” the slogan translates as “I care about you” or “I worry about you”.

The general election in PNG took place in the first two weeks of July, 2007 and I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit PNG for the first time during this trip. My first impression of PNG as a huge, resourceful and beautiful country was formed when I left Port Moresby to observe elections in New Britain. New Britain has some very beautiful and breathtaking spots and is also the Palm Oil province of PNG. There are active volcanoes in New Britain. Part of the town of Rabaul was buried in a volcanic eruption a few years ago.

Voting took place mostly outside (as can be seen in the picture) and the good weather .favoured this. From my own observation, the “open-air” setting created a sense of openness for the voters and also seemed to declare that there was nothing to hide. I also believed that the “open air” setting was voter friendly.

Results of the PNG elections are also available on the PNG election website.

The two pictures were taken in Port Moresby (a view of Port Moresby city from a nearby mountain) and an open voting setting in New Britain.

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