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Subject: Whats' your say there?

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Date Posted: Fri, Apr 20 2007, 12:51:17pm
In reply to: Freddie 's message, "For Sanso in Wabag (Ipatas Center - Enga Administration)" on Wed, Apr 18 2007, 06:24:06am

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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