PNG Political Parties and their PoliciesApril 3 2006 at 5:25 PM
Hi all png politics analysts, observers, and critics.
I am doing a research into PNG Political Parties and their policies. There are two reasons why I want to do this.
1. I want to educate my people to vote for a government based on party policy platform and not an individual person.
2. I want to provide information to an intending WOMAN candidate who has a good chance of winning and who wants to join a party that has policies that matches what she stood for and that will surely form the government.
I would appreciate all your information provided here or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your information will surely make a difference!
|April 3 2006, 6:47 PM |
Copy and paste your topic on the Kumul Development Board and you'll get more discussions and insights into your request.
My personal take on it is that it is a very good initiative you are taking by educating people in voting more along party policies than by voting for individual candidates. I also believe that is an important aspect of selecting candidates that our voters severely lack. Educating voters in making the right choices through the ballot is an essential step toward achieving true democracy and voting better leaders into parliament. An important consideration would also be for political parties to recruit well educated and credible candidates (a candidate with honorable virtues) other than any Tom, Dick and Harry from the street just to split votes. It will be important on the part of political parties to recruit candidates who are capable of achieving their party policies.
However, given our relatively recent political life-span and Melanesian culture it will indeed take sometime for our voters to learn to vote along party policy lines than voting individual candidates. Because of the multiple party system PNG has, unlike other democracies where there's a two-party system with clearly defined party platforms, the myriad of party policies will be too subtle and somewhat cumbersome for voters. Obviously, parties will come up with very convincing policies but how effective will these policies be implemented or will they ever be implemented is another question.
With the prevalent handout mentality and political culture in boosting one's self-image and "big man" title, implementing party policies will be extremely difficult. Simply take for example our National Goals and Directive Principles, if you take a retrospective assessment, we are no where close to achieving the goals enshrined in the Constitution since gaining Independence in 1975 and in fact we have deviated altogether from the path set by our fore fathers (some of whom are still in parliament)in the old House of Assembly . Needless to say, even current political parties' policies are even defunct and are just another requirement in registering a political party.
I think in encouraging voters to vote along party policy platforms it is imperative to consider reforming our political party system, which is obviously a major cause of political instability, to at least 5 or less major political parties with clearly defined, practical and achievable goals other than lame rhetoric professed by current mutliple political parties. Otherwise, the multiple party system will continue to propagate personal, tribal, regional, matrilineal, etc attributes and considerations in voters' choices who often vote along these categorizations to render them immediate material benefits.
It is a good project you are pursuing and certainly it requires us all educated citizens to make it work and educating the masses and I guess limiting the number of political parties is the first step toward encouraging voters to vote along party policy platforms.
|April 4 2006, 8:39 AM |
Thank you mauswara I will do just that right away.
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