| 240820BOUGAINVILLE’S 2020 GENERAL ELECTION UNIQUE SAYS MOMIS.NEW DAWN FM NEWSTHE 2020 Bougainville’s General Election is unique unlike past elections because it is about Bougainville making a bold decision to become free says Honorable President Grand Chief Dr. John Momis.President Momis said past elections were about forming a government to make developments happen and bring services to the people in the region.He said this election is however different because the government formed after this election will not be talking only about restoration of services and building of infrastructures but will be also talking about independence.The honorable President acknowledged and praised Bougainvilleans for their patience being part of the Bougainville long political journey to referendum which resulted in the 98.2 per cent choice for independence.President Momis said Bougainvilleans didn’t give up but stood firm and united even though the National government didn’t fully commit in its commitment to restore services after the signing of the peace agreement 19 years ago.He congratulates the people of Bougainville on their resilience, commitment and for standing strong and united with one mindset which is to be free and independent.President Momis said Bougainville is now at a critical phase and has now began its last journey to reach its final destination.He urged Bougainvilleans to stand united, work together and not submit to issues because nobody should be left behind.Ends.. Posted at 10:19 PM in ABG GENERAL ELECTIONS 2020 | Permalink President Momis said past elections were about forming a government to make developments happen and bring services to the people in the region. President Momis said past elections were about forming a government to make developments happen and bring services to the people in the region. Polling for Bougainville General Elections 2020 Commence Next Week. The Bougainville election is to run for three weeks, from 12 August until 1 September. The Central and South ex-combatant representatives have already been declared with 33 constituency seats. Comments (0), 011020BOUGAINVILLE TO HAVE SPECIFIC TARGET PLAN TO GROW ITS ECONOMY.NEW DAWN FM NEWSTHE new Autonomous Bougainville Government will have a specific targeted plan to grow its economy and Panguna mine will be a key target.Bougainville President Ismael Toroama says political control will not lead too much improvement in the livelihood of Bougainvilleans if Bougainvilleans become by- standers in the economy.President Toroama says under the leadership of Prime Minister James Marape, Bougainville has an opportunity to get it right at this point of its political journey.He said even though Panguna mine will be a key target, the new government will also be looking at other medium project ideas in mining, agriculture, fisheries and tourism that will create employment and generate revenue for Bougainville.Foreign Investments will be welcome in the shores of Bougainville given the reasons that without outside funding and technology, Bougainville may not be able to exploit its natural resources.President Toroama further clarified that this will come with expectations of fair share and participation in the form of shareholding or equity in large scale projects.This also means the medium to small enterprise sector must be controlled by the people.The new government will also be looking at relevant policies of making this happen under an overall new Economic Development Plan.Ends…, Posted at 10:44 PM in ABG GENERAL ELECTIONS 2020, ABG News, ABG PRESIDENT'S NEWS REALEASES, BCL REPORT | Permalink Voters headed to the polls to elect the new president and representatives responsible for establishing the … Elections in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea: 2020 General Elections Frequently Asked Questions Page 4 of 8 reserved seats and 14 for the open seats. The mineral-rich group of islands of 250,000 people has been hampered by years of little economic progress after a decade-long civil war that claimed as many as 20,000 lives. Bougainville president, and former rebel military commander, Ishmael Toroama, wants a swift resolution to independence talks with Papua New Guinea. “That’s where I saw I could be one of the candidates that would do well in the 2020 election. 1. Jun 14 2015. | The Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner (OBEC) is a Constitutional Office established under the Constitution of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Voting would be for one day for the entire region. The general election was the first since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to separate from Papua New Guinea at the end of last year, ... (@JosephNobetau) September 23, 2020. By bougnews • Posted in Constitution, Education, Elections 2020, Government of Bougainville, Government of Papua New Guinea, Referendum • Tagged Acceptance Speech, Bougainville, Elections 2020, Pokpok, simon Pentanu. ABG President Ishmael Toroama made the statement during his Christmas message to the people of Bougainville. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Bougainvillean_general_election September 28, 2020 Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, Eyes Set on Independence By Grant Wyeth | The fourth Bougainville House of Representatives was sworn in on Tuesday, 29 th September 2020. Toroama Challenges BougainvilleansNew Dawn FM News021020Bougainvilleans are being challenged to be ready to embrace the responsibility of Bougainville’s journey to independence.ABG President Ishmael Toroama made the statement today at the Yumi Wan Festival to complete the 2020 ABG General Elections Leaders Dialogue.President Ishmael Toroama says that the simplicity of being responsible in society goes a long way to contributing to social and political change on Bougainville.President Toroama says that contributing to Bougainville does not mean contributing only at the political level.He says that contributing to Bougainville goes right down to the grassroots level where citizens must take charge of their actions.Toroama urged Bougainvilleans from all walks of life to continue to support the Autonomous Bougainville Government in its efforts on Bougainville’s self-determination aspirations.Ends////, Posted at 10:01 AM in ABG 4th House, ABG GENERAL ELECTIONS 2020, ABG News | Permalink Comments (0), 190820 VOTING STARTS LATENEW DAWN FM NEWSVoters for Bougainvilleans In Bougainville at the BEL ISI park started very late today because officials had to sort the 33 constituencies ballot papers for the voters to vote.When voting finally started voters for South Bougainville constituencies could not vote because ballot papers for the South Regional Women’s seat was not available.Because of this hiccup South Bougainvilleans did not cast their votes today for their choice of leaders today.The queue at the BEL ISI polling booth started just before 8am this morning and most voters had to stand in the sun until they voted today whilst there are two more voting days for BIB tomorrow and Friday.Ends, Posted at 01:32 AM in ABG GENERAL ELECTIONS 2020, COVID 19 STORIES | Permalink The 2019 Bougainville referendum offered valuable lessons for future elections, Kerryn Baker and Thiago Oppermann write. One of the women contesting an open seat is 29 years old and is running expressly to | 190820MASIU APPEALS TO BOUGAINVILLEANS TO RESPECT ELECTORAL PROCESS.NEW DAWN FM NEWSTHE Honorable Minister for Communications and member for South Bougainville Timothy Masiu has made an appeal to the people of Bougainville to respect the electoral process and observe the laws of the election.Minister Masiu told New Dawn FM that this election is crucial and critical as the leaders people voted for will bring Bougainville forward in terms of transferring the 98 percent vote for independence into reality.He said this election is important to vote for leaders who will contribute to the process of good governance, process of negotiations with the National Government and most importantly the process of making sure people are aware of what the political leadership is doing.Minister Masiu said Bougainvilleans have to be mindful that Bougainville still has a long way to go and must stand united to progress forward.He calls on all polling officials, candidates, supporters, scrutineers and police men and women to respect the electoral process.He said Papua New Guinea and the international observers are watching and it is important Bougainville bring forth a credible and fair election like what was achieved during the referendum.Ends…. About 200,000 eligible voters would participate.” There are 410 polling teams: South Bougainville 120, North Bougainville 172 and Central Bougainville 118. People queue to cast their votes at a polling station during the presidential elections in Arawa, on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville August 12, 2020. Comments (0). NOOSA – Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) commander, Ishmael Toroama, was retaining his lead in the Bougainville presidential election after the 280th count this morning. Lucy Kopana 06/08/2020. 440 candidates were contesting the 40 seats in the Bougainville House of Representatives, including 25 competing to be President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. About 200,000 eligible voters would participate.” There are 410 polling teams: South Bougainville 120, North Bougainville 172 and Central Bougainville 118. Sept. 22, 2020; SYDNEY — A former rebel military commander has been elected president of Bougainville, the autonomous region in the South Pacific, electoral officials said … The general election was the first since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly for separation from Papua New Guinea last year, with Mr. Toroama defeating an open field, according to Bougainville’s electoral commissioner. The Bougainville General elections’ counting is now progressing well with two declarations so far for the constituencies for Torokina in South Bougainville and the Atolls in North Bougainville. Bougainville's electoral commissioner George Manu and acting election manager George Kenatsi (February 2020) Photo: Bougainville Electoral Commission. THE 2020 Bougainville’s General Election is unique unlike past elections because it is about Bougainville making a bold decision to become free says Honorable President Grand Chief Dr. John Momis. September 8, 2020. Recognizing the historic importance of the 2020 general elections, voters held high expectations for a well-planned and successfully executed election as they turned out to elect the Bougainville (/ ˈ b uː ɡ ən v ɪ l / BOO-gən-vil; Tok Pisin: Bogenvil), officially the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, is an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea.The largest island is Bougainville Island, while the region also includes Buka Island and a number of outlying islands and atolls. Ishmael Toroama surrending weapons as part of a disarmament program in 2002. “We will do the same for the Bougainville regional seat by-election. This is the highest number of female candidates ever seen in Bougainville. | “I am pleased to announce that the ROs and AROs for this election have already been appointed and gazetted. Counting for the Bougainville Presidential seat is progressing well with only six candidates left in the race. The pandemic has also impacted on the transition consultation process between the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and the National Government of Papua New Guinea and it has led to a delay of the general elections in Bougainville which were originally scheduled for May 2020. Over the 15 years Bougainville has addressed many of these to some extent but there are some remaining key agendas that must be addressed in the forthcoming term of the Bougainville government. Share on Twitter; Share on Facebook; Share via email; Share on Reddit; Share on Linked In; The regional MP for Bougainville in Papua New Guinea says delaying local elections is no longer an option. THE 2020 Bougainville’s General Election is unique unlike past elections because it is about Bougainville making a bold decision to become free says Honorable President Grand Chief Dr. John Momis. “While we are yet to receive any funds for enrolment or polling, we are preparing ourselves and voters as best as … Voting would be for one day for the entire region. This time, he led his closest rival, former Papua New Guinea MP Father Simon Dumarinu, by more than 9000 votes under the ABG’s preferential voting system.. Toroama told Radio NZ his priorities are the restoration of law and order and a speedy resolution of the independence question. This was the first election to be held after the … Bougainville Presidential Election Updates : Toroama clears lead 9/20/2020 Bougainville News, Headlines, PNG News. The victory by the former rebel leader, Ishmael Toroama, is a break from the current administration, led by President John Momis, after the government’s candidate was eliminated in the region’s preferential voting system. Bougainville Electoral Commissioner George Manu confirmed that polling for outside centers will take place in 6 provinces; NCD, Morobe, Madang, Eastern Highlands, East, and West New Britain. Last week the election results in Papua New Guinea’s autonomous region of Bougainville were announced. OBEC is responsible for the facilitation of the Autonomous Bougainville Government General Elections as well as the elections of other levels of formal governments below the ABG. Bougainville elections to go ahead on schedule, says MP. 3 Report on Bougainville Election Observation 2020 After five electoral cycles, Bougainville has proven its political and social will to conduct peaceful elections. CANBERRA, Australia, Sep 29 2020 (IPS) - Ishmael Toroama, a former revolutionary leader and fighter during the decade long civil war which engulfed the remote islands of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the 1990s, has been elected the autonomous region’s new President ahead of high-level talks about its political future. Mr Pentanu, from Pokpok Island in Central Bougainville, was voted in by the members of the 3rd ABG house after the swearing in of the new member’s yesterday (Monday) morning at the parliament chamber. This was the first election to be held after the … The general election … | 2:22 pm on 13 February 2020. | The Central and South ex-combatant representatives have already been declared with 33 constituency seats. Former Rebel Leader Is Elected President of Bougainville. Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander Ishmael Toroama was yesterday declared President-elect of Bougainville following the election process that began in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region six weeks ago. The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, George Manu has assured the people of Bougainville that the preparations of the 2020 ABG elections are underway. BY PETERSON TSERAHA. The new government will negotiate the outcome of the 2019 Bougainvillean independence referendum, which saw 98.3% of voters supporting independence from Papua New Guinea In Bougainville, the BPA calls for a referendum on, “Bougainville’s future political status,” to be held in any case, no later than June 2020, which is 15 years after the first sitting of the House of Representatives. In August 2020, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville held the first general election since the region voted overwhelmingly for separation from Papua New Guinea last year. Sept. 22, 2020; SYDNEY — A former rebel military commander has been elected president of Bougainville, the autonomous region in the South … The Bougainville election is to run for three weeks, from 12 August until 1 September. | Image: NRI/RNZ. In late 2019, Bougainville held a non-binding referendum on its future political status, with voters asked to choose between greater autonomy within Papua New Guinea (PNG) or independence. The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, George Manu, has announced the appointments of returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (AROs) for the 2020 Bougainville general election. The writs for the election … Mr. Toroama, who was a commander in the secessionist Bougainville Revolutionary Army, later worked on the peace-and-disarmament process. Comments (0), 200820POLLING CLOSING IN MOST PARTS OF BOUGAINVILLENEW DAWN FM NEWSThe SOE Controller and Deputy Commissioner for Police, FRANCIS TOKURA this afternoon reported that Polling in most parts of Bougainville have been completed with polling to continue in some areas.He said that polling in the Atolls have been completed whilst in South Bougainville and Central Bougainville should be completed by tomorrow.Commander TOKURA said that Police have reported an incident free polling throughout Bougainville.He said those remaining polling are for the (BIB) Bougainvilleans in Bougainville that are been conducted in Buin, Arawa and Buka.And that they should be completed by tomorrow.MR. | Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander Ishmael Toroama … back in the lead in the Bougainville presidential vote. Comments (0), Toroama maintains leadNew Dawn FM News110920Ishmael Toroama continues to dominate the ABG Presidential race with a 2000 vote lead clear of closest rival Fr Simon Dumarinu.As of count 111 Toroama comfortably sits at 12,802 votes followed by Fr Simon with 10, 798 votes and trailing on third place is former ABG Chief Secretary Thomas Raivet with 6413 Votes.Former ABG President James Tanis is on fourth place with 5231 followed by Peter Tsiamalili jnr on 4170 votes.To most political pundits it is too early to forecast a winner who can secure the absolute majority, with almost 65000 votes counted so far in South Bougainville and four constituencies in Central Bougainville.Ballot boxes from North Bougainville have yet to be counted and from past experience the north has more registered voters compared to the other regions and may prove to be the decisive factor in the distribution of the votes.With 25 candidates contesting the seat, the displacement of votes will make it impossible to secure the presidency just from the primary votes, counting will still go into the elimination stage.Ends////, Posted at 07:24 AM in ABG GENERAL ELECTIONS 2020 | Permalink “We will do the same for the Bougainville regional seat by-election. 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Comments (0), Tanis Accepts DefeatNew Dawn FM News210920Former ABG President James Tanis has graciously accepted defeat after he was declared the nineteenth (19th) elimination from the ABG Presidential race.The former President says he respects the process and thanked his supporters, the opponents that he ran against and the electoral officials.Mr Tanis says that his elimination from the 2020 ABG Presidential Seat does not mean he has been eliminated as a leader of Bougainville.Tanis said he is still a peace builder who is very much a part of the process on Bougainville and will continue to work toward seeing Bougainville’s independence come to fruition.Tanis went as far as stating that he was willing to work with whoever is elected as the next ABG President to secure Bougainville’s future.He adds that it was imperative that Bougainville forms a new government as soon as possible to continue the momentum from the third house.The first agenda for the new ABG will be to convene an immediate JSB and commence the Post Referendum Consultations.Ends////, Posted at 11:25 PM in ABG GENERAL ELECTIONS 2020 | Permalink Seat is 29 years old and is running expressly six candidates left the! 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