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Date Posted: Thu, Mar 22 2007, 12:19:42am
When in Enga last year, sadly for only 8 days (at Sari village and Kumul lodge), what struck me as an aussie was the different attitude to voting and politics.
The way I grew up in Melbourne, it is tambu to ask people who they vote for, and most people don't share it with others...often even husband and wives don't discuss who they voted for.
It seemed to me that people follow politicians in Enga a bit like people here follow football teams... they 'barrack' for them, and make it quite public who they follow.
I know I'm naive, but in reality, can a politician REALLY know if you voted for them? Do they check your votes?
It sounded like 'chosing a team' is a very serious business that could have dire consequences if you chose the wrong one!
Do people still generally vote according to tribal/ clan 'teams'? Eg. Do most people in Sari 'back' one particular candidate?
I'm just interested in the way it works over there because it is so different from my experience.
By the way... I just loved Enga, especially the walk up to kiap... and can't wait to get back to visit again some time.. but it looks like being about two or three years before I'll have enough money.
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