Concerns mount over 2022 election

THE head of a Papua New Guinea research institute has major concerns about the printing of ballot papers for the 2022 national elections.
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Taxi driver Jonah Timos

Staff Reporter

The Electoral Commission released its timeline for the 2022 general elections, with polling set to take place in mid-June.
PNG Think Tank executive director Samson Komati says whoever prints the ballot papers needs to be addressed soon, and not be a repeat of what happened in the 2017 national election.
Meanwhile as Papua New Guinea counts down to the national election, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that discussions are ramping up over the country's political future. 
Taxi driver Jonah Timos has been driving around Port Moresby in his 1998 Toyota Vista for the last eight years, and he has become a familiar face in the national capital. 
"Your single vote is very, very important, it's like an investment ... you must vote a visionary leader. You can benefit from it, your children and the future," said Mr Timos.
He studied business at the University of Papua New Guinea but drives a taxi because he couldn't find a job. 
"Today I am married and I have kids and I realized that my one vote is very important, I want to vote for someone good, because when I finished from school and came out, I saw that there was no employment opportunity," he said.
He isn't alone in his desire to vote correctly. Political analyst Geejay Milli said voters must make use of the opportunity.
"People that splash out money or give bribes, those are things that I think people must distance themselves from," said Milli.
"We vote in good leaders because we have a country that is very rich in resources, but where is that going, we don't see evidence of that, we only see it in Port Moresby," she said.
Allegations of bribery, intimidation and violence during elections in Papua New Guinea are well documented.  
In 2017, two police officers were shot dead in the Highlands Province of Enga, where violence often escalates at election time. 
After elections, the courts are generally pre-occupied with petitions disputing the outcome of some election results. 
Against that background, Transparency International PNG is working with other partners to promote voter awareness for those who are eligible to vote. 
Chairman Peter Aitsi said people needed to make the right choice in this election.
"My advice is for people to look at the past conducts of those candidates' they are considering … what have they done in the past? he said.


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