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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 reply to: Freddie 's message, "For Sanso in Wabag (Ipatas Center - Enga Administration)" on Wed, Apr 18 2007, 06:24:06am

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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