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Date Posted: Thu, May 17 2007, 12:21:20am
Ladies & Gentlemen of this Forum;
Allow me to inform you of my eyewitnessed accounts in Enga during my most recent visit to the province. It seems the province has been divided by National Alliance (spearheaded by Kandep MP Don P. Polye) on one end versus People's Party (led by Governor Peter Ipatas) and others.
However due to the appalling conditions of roads in various neglected areas throughout the province; ill-equiped, undermanned hospitals; unnecessary congestion of Toyota Landcruisers; unemployment; and undeveloped agricultural industries, Ipatas' party has been labelled by Engans generally has the "Plastic Party" with no vision and intellectual policies to offer for the betterment of the province and country. It seems the regional candidates in Kain Poko, Father Paul Kanda, Paul P. Torato, and Michael Yangau will split Ipatas in four ways. Ipatas will have a very difficult time, if not 'zero chances' of winning this time around unless he literally throws around millions in the counting room at the last minute.
Paul Paken Torato was announced by Wabag MP Sam Abal as the NA endorsed candidate for the regional seat in front of a capacity crowd in Laiagam on Saturday (May 5th) and he was given a lion's roar of approval amidst the synchronized chants of "NA" by thousands in the audience. However, it was later revealed that Michael Yangau was endorsed by NA as its choice for regional candidacy. Regardless of that, Paul Torato may remain a pro-NA candidate and is still very hot on the western front with support from Kandep, Lagaip and Porgera mounting. Michael Yangau seems to be the hot favorite in Ambum/Kompiam and Wapenamanda, while Kain Poko and Fr. Paul Kanda are leading the charge in Wabag. However, Fr. Paul Kanda is also a formidable threat especially when over half of the Engan populace are Catholicans and have paid his nomination fee with donations of a kina per devotee.
I have observed that Don Polye demands the respect of the people and Engans are captivated by his charisma and eloquent style of speaking. It seems most candidates have fought to nominate under the NA party banner because of the Deputy PM's popular leadership. Don Polye will no doubt retain his seat for Kandep Open in 2007 though former MP Jimson Sauk has the highest probability of ousting him. Most of Lagaip/Porgera and its candidates have expressed support for Philip Kapusa Kikala, and he should win by a landslide for NA also. I, personally, have been amazed and thrilled by the support for Don Pombe Polye, Paul Paken Torato and Philip Kapusa Kikala in West Enga!!
The final news is that Daniel Don Kapi is once again a candidate for Wabag Open and he will challenge a weakened Sam Abal after his departure from Peter Ipatas' grace. And Kundapen K. Talyaga is now the NA Party President for Enga and will not be running this year.
(These are ONLY my observations, not intended to cause any ill-feelings, backlashes nor disappointments.)
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