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Thursday, 14 December




"For the benefit of the public" a coin has two sides ;

As far as this case is concerned the petition filed by Peter Yama against Nixon Duban for the 2013 Madang Open By Election has gone as far as the 3 men bench Supreme Court and slip rule .

Nixon Duban scored 18,000 votes,  Bryan Kramer 7000 votes and Peter Yama 5000 votes. Thats the final 2013  By Election result.

Peter Yama filed an election petition on errors and omissions and requested a recount . His arguments were centered around 6000 papers found at his mothers grave yard. 

The 2013 By Election was done without any issue of missing ballot boxes or ballot papers either during the counting or polling .

How the 6000 papers ended up at the cemetery remains a fraud matter to be fully investigated. On record the ballot papers were never part of the Madang Open By Election.

All candidates who contested the election are fully aware of this fraud . Since Madang Open 2013 By Election was completed without any missing ballot papers or ballot boxes the Form 66A and 66B were satisfactorily reconciled.

Peter Yama asked for the papers found at the cemetery which he found himself to be illegally included in the count.

These ballot papers were presumed to be unused ballot papers stored with the Electoral Commission office in Madang.

His arguments were tested in the courts before Justice Bernard Sakora. The Judge hearing the case ordered the found ballot papers  to be included in the recount  which was shocking as the papers were not part of the 2013 By Election.

Justice Bernard Sakora made a ruling for the benefit of the petitioner Peter Yama. He ordered a recount and  asked for the illegal ballot papers to be counted too.

The judge was smart when he acknowledged the administrative powers of the Returning officer Simon Sinai. Electoral Commission is a constitutional office governed  by its own jurisdiction.

When Simon Sinai conducted the recount he did it exceptionally well. In the presence of police and new counting officials a recount sanctioned by the courts was done.

After 2013  By Election the container containing all ballot boxes were left stranded at Jomba YC and not moved to the police station.

This resulted in the con...


Bringing people into Pacific policy Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

Public policy is about how governments attempt to address national, public or societal problems. It ultimately refers to the ability (or inability) of governments to penetrate society and bring about improvements by adopting and implementing policies.

This significance of public policy resonates in the development experiences of countries over past decades little can be accomplished to encourage development unless the right policies are adopted and implemented by effective institutions.

Consequently, making sense of development performance requires examining the manner in which public policies are initiated, formulated and implemented, as well as their impact.

The United Nations 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report, for instance, showed that despite progress in some areas, the Pacific islands region continues to experience high levels of poverty and slow economic growth and is in danger of missing critical MDG targets. Assessments voicing concerns about slow development progress across the region despite the enormity of foreign aid resources signify a need for a better understanding about policy processes in the Pacific islands.

A recent article of mine published in the Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies journal provides some insights into how public policies are initiated, formulated and implemented in the Pacific islands. It draws from the findings of my doctoral research conducted in 2012 and 2014 in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa and regional inter-governmental organisations.

My research revealed that policy issues originating from local society were limited. Issues which entered the government agenda and then become public policies came mostly from politicians and foreign actors. Policy initiation is dominated by ideas, issues, interests and agendas of local politicians and international development agencies. Local society, which public policy is supposed to impact, and in which the state is a part, has had little input in policy settings.

This means that policies are not rooted within the context or society that they impact. This constitutes a significant democratic and development deficit that must be addressed in ongoing development efforts.

The influence of development agencies on domestic policies is significant, given that the Asia-Pacific region is the largest recipient of foreign aid per capita and donor funded programs are used to design and implement various development initiatives and policy reforms.

There are very few openly articulated political policy platforms. And while there was no consistent understanding at nation...

Wednesday, 13 December



Words cannot fully express the disgust that is now felt throughout EHP on the stupidity, immaturity and criminality of the new governor of Eastern Highlands Province, Peter Numu. His ascension to power was never though a honest and fair game, Mr Numu himself cannot deny this fact! He was the only candidate in the 2017 National election in EHP that extensively used deceit, bribery, sorcery and external forces to get to power. Most of us at the counting venue know about these facts and also know that the petition case filed against him is a very competitive one, thus passing through listing and pre-trial hearings last month at Waigani National Courts without a single challenge to its competency and is listed early in February next year for trial. Just as this court was reaching its peak, Numu led mobs, street drug bodies and opportunists into looting the shop of the fellow candidate, who is also the petitioner. What a way to be a governor!

Numu was always a serial liar even at his early stages of student leaderships. He lied to EHP that he burnt the Australian flag during his student presidency at UPNG. He lied to EHP that he stands against corruption, all the while feeding from the fountains of ONeils corrupt crony, Mr Joseph Tonde, who endorsed Numu under his party. After his victory, he ran back to daddy ONeill. Few weeks into office, Numu announced on Facebook that he will build 14 Mini markets all throughout EHP but sadly not a single soil is turned even at the point of writing. The only visible progresses of this Facebook projects were just thousands of likes and comments on Facebook. He was very good at lying to his people to excite their emotions and prey on their illiteracy.

He is single handedly responsible for the 7 unreported election related deaths in EHP during the counting time. This was a history for the province as the peace loving kol peles never encountered election related deaths in their entire election history. During the counting, Numus scrutinizers deliberately moved papers of other candidates into his box. After a quarrel in the counting venue, his scrutinizers went to their disgusting leader, who in turn took it up onto Facebook and twisted the whole story around. Instead of owing up, he posted that all the candidates are jealous of him because he is leading by margin (Dont be surprised when I tell you that thats the same excuse he is usin...


A new global index Women, Peace, Security: what does it add? Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

There are a growing number of global indices many would be familiar with the gender rankings published in the Human Development Report, and by the World Economic Forum, for example. We reviewed all the existing indices carefully, and realised that there is a major gap.

Gender indices are typically limited to such indicators as whether women complete secondary school or are in paid work. These aspects of inclusion are undoubtedly important, but incomplete in the absence of justice and security. It is surely misleading to focus on girls schooling when they are not safe in their own home or community. Likewise, traditional measures of security include an array of conflict indicators, but invariably ignore systematic bias and discrimination against women and girls.

No index has ever before brought together womens inclusion, justice, and security into a single number and ranking. The Women, Peace, Security (WPS) Index represents a major innovation in how we think about and measure womens well being by bringing achievements in, for example, schooling and access to cell phones, together with data on violence against women.

It is the first ever Index bridging womens inclusion and justice, as well as security. It is also the first gender index framed explicitly by the Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace Agendas.

Several innovative features set the WPS Index apart from existing gender indices and security indices. It incorporates two indicators that have never been used in other prominent gender indices: perceptions of community safety and organised violence, and whether womens paid work is deemed acceptable by men in the society. The index also incorporates several other indicators that have rarely been included in other indices: financial inclusion, cell phone use, a bias for sons, and intimate partner violence. The following graphic lists the 11 indicators in the WPS Index.


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