The moment most people have been waiting for has arrived. Since August last year (2011) till now, this country was sailing in the rough seas in its political front. Many laws have been passed and amended in a short period of time. People have been swayed by both factions to believe who was their right skipper. This will all end in a couple of weeks time. In some cases, the Melanesian approach to problem solving have been totally or intentionally ignored and replaced with adopted or imported techniques (court battles). In some cases, the simple "common sense" seem to have disappeared altogether.
The legal fraternity may have seen a rapid mushrooming of experts forming their own firms to claim their cut in the battle that was raging between the two factions. Obviously, there was a lot of money being circulated. People in all walks of life who had a case in part or whole did benefit. No doubt.
Election 2012 is the key that will either make or break PNG as considered by many. The world is observing with Australia in the lead followed by other countries that have vested interest in PNG. Following along are our neighboring Pacific Island "wantok" countries and others. Many expatriates in PNG are on holidays in their own countries till this period passes.
This is the era where lots happen in PNG. This is when there is surplus food from feasts, exchange of goods, money and many more you can think of. Overloaded trucks convoying and transporting supporters of intending candidates displaying ones popularity and power. There are those who hang in between looking for “laki bumps” or good luck. Loud hailers attached on trucks with their noise tearing through the air with music and voice. Posters of different sizes and qualities cover building walls, offices, power poles, road side trees and small canteens in the settlements, villages and towns. Billboards of political parties erected almost close to each other on the road sides trying to capture the travelling public’s attention.
The total number contesting this election as stated in the daily newspaper is 3435. This is 676 more than the number in 2007. All fighting for only 109 seats. Imagine the amount of cash and kind that will be floating around. A record 135 women nominated, compared with 101 in 2007.
This is where you see for some their true colors while the others, their pretentious self. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to work that all out. A lot of elites, professionals, business people, public servants, former politicians, village leaders, and ordinary people are giving everything they have. Sweet talks are on every one’s tongue. Some are real convincing that people even get themselves confused. This is all said during this time for the people to assess them – well, fair enough.
Government after government has failed to deliver to expectations the people of this land dubbed “island of gold floating on sea of oil” had. Rural roads and government facilities have been ignored largely affecting the vast rural majority. Roads falling apart and some almost impassable where 4 wheel drives and some man power input needed to make it through. Health services existence almost none with women and children dying from curable diseases.
Everyone I hope will use the level of intelligence that they possess to make a wise decision using this preferential system (LPV). See you all after the return of writs.