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PNG: Laughing Stock of the Pacific

May 22 2007 at 2:16 PM
The National 22/05/07 

PNG politics becoming family affair

THIS year’s election exercise is becoming a whole new family affair in the country’s political history.
For instance, three brothers are standing for elections to make history of some sorts in Oro province.
Former Oro governor Sylvanus Siembo is running for the regional seat while his two other brothers are running for Sohe and Ijivitari electorate respectively.
The National Alliance Party has endorsed wife of PLP Leader Peter Yama for the Madang Open seat, while Mr Yama is standing for Madang regional. On the other hand, his elder son is running for Usino Bundi, the seat Mr Yama has left vacant.
In East Sepik, we have Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare while his son Arthur is defending his Angoram seat.
In New Ireland, former prime minister Sir Julius Chan is running with his son Byron for Namatanai.
In Southern Highlands, we have reports of two brothers going to court over the name “rights” on who should use the family name in the elections.
Apart from the family connections, the candidates standing for this year’s elections range from tea-boy, security guard, ambulance driver, small businessmen, lawyers, bureaucrats, professors and former politicians.
Women also are challenging their male counterparts, with nine women contesting the three seats in Oro province.
Janet Sape and Dame Carol Kidu are running in Port Moresby and a number of others are running in the Highlands, Southern, Islands and Momase regions.
In Oro provincial seat, Shirley Otto Jidoro, Olivia Aripa Bunari, Anita Yaruso, Damaris Bonga and Claire Embose are up against a field of more than 60 of their male counterparts.
In Ijivitari, two female candidates - Deborah Embose and Maureen Ambo – are up against 38 males.
In Sohe, Josephine Abaijah and Lilian Erepa-Klapat are challenging 46 male colleagues

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Re: PNG: Laughing Stock of the Pacific

May 22 2007, 2:31 PM 

Let's not forget that Peter Yama's half brother, the thief Alois Kingsley is also running again.

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Julius Chan intending Bougainvillean killer running again?

May 22 2007, 2:35 PM 

This is very surprising. I guess he figures everyone's forgotten the K125 million he spent (in old high kina valu) hoping to have white africans murder Bougainvilleans.

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Whos the "tea boy" they say is a candidate?

May 22 2007, 2:37 PM 

I assume they're talking about the Grand Thief but ?????? Is there someone else who might be this "tea boy" they say is running for office? Does anyone know in what province? Funny!

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