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Subject: For Sanso in Wabag (Ipatas Center - Enga Administration)

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Date Posted: Wed, Apr 18 2007, 06:24:06am

Central Point Of Contact in Enga


After reading up a lot on this forum with all the idea sharing and invaluable knowledge and/or criticisms disseminated, I for one, feel so compelled to point out that we should have a central point of contact within the Enga Administration to put in the effort to tap into and grasp on as much knowledge and constructive ideas that are shared on this forum. One may argue there is not much shared here, and there is limited exposure to all Engans. But I can point out the fact that when there is no tangible appreciation in the form of cultivating and acting upon a piece of shared knowledge or information (most possibly by the front-runners in the Enga Administration), we as humans tend to stay away from waste’ing our efforts and time to share knowledge we feel can meaningfully benefit our course of focus - in this case our province.

I believe there are many like-minded professionals/intellectuals who share the same sentiments that I have. Sentiments that reflect on our wish and desire to put in a combined, constructive and (to a degree) appreciated effort to help develop Enga. Many a times I sit back and read up on these invaluable/inspirational/innovation knowledge and information from sources - some of Enga’s most unknown yet intellectually sound human assets, only to my amazement, there is no or almost a lack of effort on cultivating on these invaluable knowledge disseminated

Sanso (Sandis), I would personally like to thank you for a very well written piece of article you had to post here some day, perhaps a few week ago i.e. ”Enga Needs You”. I think you really touched on the core areas where you felt we, as some of the most fortunate Engans lacked to come to understand and appreciate. Well, on that same note, I would like to personally challenge you, since you are already in the Enga Administration (in Wabag) and are at a much comfortable level (to influence the administration in terms of constructive/tangible development), to be a central point of contact for the many Engan human assets out there who would like to come forth and share their knowledge towards the development of our province. You have access to the infrastructure and technology, and so you can help the administration cultivate this pool of knowledge to assess and help in the development of Enga. Now let me move on to one of my own shared / proposed ideas here

Candidacy Screening Council

At the helm of infrastructural development in Enga, politics and the choosing of the “right” leader seems to influence a lot with whether or not the province is able to develop in the next few years. I would like to propose a fundamental change that can possibly be included in the Provincial Executive Council (PEC), a new body called the ‘Candidacy Screening Council’ (for lack of better term).

In a nutshell this body’s primary responsibility/role would be to screen and grill any potential and/or new candidates that have announced their candidacy and have paid for their nominations for election. Every person announcing their candidacy and finally upon paying their nomination (and at the Close of Nominations), should compulsorily go through this Candidacy Screening Council (CSC) for a full day or two, fully prepared to spell out/show the following (components) before the council:

  • Their Infrastructure and Development Policy

  • Their Show of Confidence and Leadership in their personality

  • Their level of qualification/experience and how that benefits their reasoning for getting into Politics

  • Their reasoning ‘Why’ they think the current leadership has lacked in their performance and should not return again

  • Their Personal Vision to see where the Province should be by the end of their 5 year term

  • Their Personal Long Term Vision to see where the Province should be in the future for the future generation.

  • Their Current and/or Historical Involvement in Society that’s benefited the community

    And many more

Who’s in the CSC?
The choice of who becomes part of the CSC or the candidacy “grilling” body is a tough one for me to propose, but I would see that being a call heavily influenced by our own National Court Judge (Justice) in Wabag. The reason why I say a judge influences’ who gets in the CSC is to make sure those involved are well aware of the governing Organic Laws and our set provincial guidelines and goals for development in the province and improving the delivery mechanism for tangible goods and services. Every member of the CSC should be knowledgeable enough to serve its core primary objective, to their full potential. And that is to screen/grill each new candidacy to their utmost (based on the bulleted list – components, above) and have that screening session seen by Enga (I share more on this below). The cost of keeping the CSC functional can be high, in terms of sitting-in, bringing in those qualified council members, and to screen each candidate, but this should be no big trouble for the administration, given it’s a seasonal session (every 5 year term) whether it be provincial or at the national level elections. I wish to find out and elaborate more on the subject of “who becomes or qualifies to serve as a member of the CSC”.

CSC Primary Objective – Disseminating the Session / Educating Enga to Vote the Right Leader
Whilst I was sharing the idea of the CSC council or body, I never really got down to the core of what its primary objective would be. Here I clarify; the primary objective of the CSC body is to “Educate Enga”, before voting time, of ‘who’ each individual candidate is, and what they bring to the table – for genuine leadership and development. Each screening session that’s on, should be specially telecast in real-time (or almost) through an arrangement with EMTV, or reported through our daily papers (PC and National). Local Radio stations should also report on this. And like any seasonal event, this occasion should be something Enga should be looking forward to cum-election-season. Like the Australian State Of Origin telecasts, these session periods being telecast in real-time or a day later should be no different. And fundamentally these sessions should be paramount to every sane and rightful-thinking Engan, whether one’s in POM, Wabag or Maramuni. In disseminating information this way through live telecasts and through our daily papers, will serve as a very powerful tool to reaching and educating the much deserved population of Enga to know their potential leader(s) and gives them ample time to make up their mind whom to vote.

Resource Saving (Advantages)
With the establishment of a body deemed to be powerful like the CSC (mentioned) comes with it marginal benefits like the following listed in a nutshell:

  • Reduced Campaign Trail Mobility

  • Reduction in Unnecessary Financial Cost Factors (pig killing, gathering, bribing, vote-luring, etc)

  • Reduced loss of lives through preying tribes targeting enemies as a result of traveling

  • Reduced lengthy campaign periods before voting time

  • Quick turn-around time in individual candidate-voting decisiveness

  • And many more not to mention…

I personally do not see any disadvantages to this proposed idea to establishing the CSC body (with development in Enga). There are many more advantages that I see forthcoming with this establishment. I will look forward to researching more on this and hopefully the Enga Administration takes into consideration something innovative like such, for the sake of the province and its loyal citizens.

Freddie F. Apakali

San Diego, California, USA

“Another Proud Engan”

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Date Posted: Thu, Apr 19 2007, 08:39:44am

Freddie, A Concise Critique of your Proposition:

In theory this sounds like a good idea but practically such a concept will be a waste of time and resources at this stage.

Here's why;

1. The bulk of the people in Enga are illiterate, they cannot and will not understand what CSC is trying to convey to them. They don't read newspapers because it is written in english. EM TV will report in english and tok pisin which the majority of Engans like people in Yengis, Maramuni, Laiagam and Kandepens etc will find it difficult to comprehend.

2. What is the gurantee that the members comprising the CSC will be incorriptible? As we know now in Enga and PNG, pig and money can convince anyone that you have leadership qualities. Any candidate can bribe a few of the CSC members and walk through the screening process. Oh, and the judge will only be one person in the CSC which means he has only one vote.


EPG should have a group like this in place but its purpose must be to organise public informative forums in central locations throughout the province. Here the candidates can speak in our own ENGA language to the masses. Enga provincial government to meet the costs of intending candidates to travel to these areas and present their policies and reasons why the current government is not effective and why they are better than them.

Freddie do not despair, I like the idea behind your proposition here. Yes, we all need GOOD Engan leaders to take our province forward.


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[> [> Subject: thanks Kaim

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Date Posted: Fri, Apr 20 2007, 05:51:58am

Appreciate your feedback..Kaim.


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[> [> Subject: Re: For Sanso in Wabag (Ipatas Center - Enga Administration)

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Date Posted: Thu, Apr 26 2007, 08:02:17am


Thought I would revisit and for the sake of discussion, share my $0.02 here.

Your alternative solution sounds good. There are two factors prevailent in that solution which my proposed idea was to reduce:
1. The Cost Factor - Involved in sponsoring central gatherings by the EPG and additionally, too much money playing (bribing, or buying votes, etc.)
2. Enemy Targeting by preying tribes (though this may sound trivial during such occasions, its always a possibility)

I believe there is the factor of the EPG being influenced (to a degree, by any current government in power) as to whether or not these public informative forums be conducted either totally impartial from political affiliation, or never conducted at all. The degree of influence at such level is very possible indeed.

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Date Posted: Fri, Apr 20 2007, 12:25:57pm

A lot of time and effort put typing up this proposal.

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[> Subject: Whats' your say there?

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Date Posted: Fri, Apr 20 2007, 12:51:17pm

So what's your say there?? you should share something...

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[> Subject: Re: For Sanso in Wabag (Ipatas Center - Enga Administration)

Sikita, Tomape (Candidacy Screening Process)
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Date Posted: Sat, Apr 21 2007, 11:43:23am

In principle, Freddie and 61 have my vote in this concept. In fact, a screening mechanism already exists in the form of a political party's candidacy eligibility criteria benchmark. The Enga provincial administration by law (though I am not fully versed) cannot establish a body that performs a political function though the role of the Office of the Resgistrar of Political Parties could take the lead role in this exercise. This is to say that creating a body under the ambit of the provincial administration for the purpose of screening potential candidates would not be feasible as this process itself is witnesses in the pooling arena where the citizens exercise their judgment in voting for their most preferred candidate. This in itself is a screening mechanism.

My own view in endorsing the general thrust of Apakali's proposition is that effect advocacy institutions should be established by the Enga administartion in collaboration with the Electroal Commission. For the benefit of those living abroad, the Electoral Commission has taken paid air times in the main broadcasters announcing certain key issues and points to the people. This effort could be complemented by a provincial body (completely neutral) in imparting relevant knowledge and information about party politics, good governance and its relationship with politicians, the qualities of effective and selfless leadership etc...

A case in point. A candidate for the Wabag open held a funding raising dinner in a hotel in Moresby in which he invited all intending candidates to inform the audience how they would contribute toward making elections in Enga trouble free. He proposed certain ways but not many showed up. This is an example of an advocacy forum where people could judge the underlying motivations that have more or less spurred these intending candidates onto the political stage.

All in all, the concept sounds nobel and this could be pursued further, if not this election, maybe the many others to come in the future.

Toman, Sikita

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Date Posted: Mon, Apr 23 2007, 03:00:34pm

The theory of Freddie’s proposition would be supported in an ideal world but there are critical constitutional cornerstones that are bound to be tested if implemented.

The first being the election process is governed by the Electoral Commission through its Act and various legislations, the Provincial Government is only a facilitator of these laws and would require a major constitutional amendment bound to public debate and criticism. As 61 points out, the screening process is carried out at the pooling boot however; tight guidelines within the screening process of political parties by the Register of Political Parties would filter some of the leaders.

The second and the most critical constitutional battle would be the individual person’s freedom of candidacy which is the cornerstone for our democratic elections. It would certainly generate steep opposition from individuals and the Candidate Screening Process would be at the receiving end.

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Date Posted: Mon, Apr 23 2007, 07:44:23pm

I like the idea of screeding candidates but I think the legalities of it might be the biggest obstacle.

This concept may need more modification to work within the current legal boundries.



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