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Polye must never be PM

August 10 2007 at 9:07 AM

How can someone who blatantly committed electoral fraud this year even be a contender for the PM post, if we thought Somare was bad, this guy will wipe the floor with PNG. If it's a choice between Polye and Somare then it's really no choice.

(The National)
NA’s Highlands bloc batting for top post

THE Highlands bloc within the ruling National Alliance party has increased its numbers to 13, and may make a bid for the prime minister’s post.
Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare had accepted the invitation by the Governor-General for the NA to form government, and the party was firming up its numbers by signing memoranda of agreement with its coalition partners in Kokopo.
These political parties have also handed in their party resolutions assuring their support for the NA candidate on the floor of Parliament during voting on Monday.
The Highlands NA bloc, which held its camp in Goroka before flying to Kokopo to join the main camp, was backing Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye for the top post.
The region returned nine MPs, but with the inclusion of four independents, has increased its number to 13.
The latest inclusion is Western Highlands governor-elect Tom Olga.
Yesterday, Mr Olga boarded an afternoon flight out of Port Moresby accompanied by Mr Polye to Kokopo.
A source from within the camp in Kokopo said the NA constitution clearly stated that a region that has greater number of seats would be given the opportunity to lead the party.
The source, who asked not to be named, said clearly the Highlands had outperformed the other three regions, and should be given that opportunity.
The Momase region has nine NA members followed by Southern region with five and New Guinea Islands with four.
The source told The National under the party constitution, a party leader cannot serve two terms in parliament.
He said that it would be against the party’s own constitution if Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare wanted to serve another term as a leader of NA.
The source said the party’s constitution was clear and the leadership must be put on the floor for the party caucus to decide before the election of the prime minister.
The Office of the Prime Minister had in the past rejected this, saying there is no such provision in the constitution and that Sir Michael would continue to lead, as agree during the party convention last year.

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