Bougainville referendum

More ex-combatants sign peace deal

Director of the Veterans Affairs in the Bougainville Administration, Dennis Kuiai, when commenting on weapon disposal and unification, said: “We have achieved a satisfactory milestone in the last 2 years; since 2015.”

Webster: PNG Government must continue Bougainville referendum work

This is according to Dr Thomas Webster from the National Research Institute.

Project manager of Bougainville Research in the Governance Program at NRI, Dr Thomas Webster says that as the new government is put in place, work on the Bougainville Referendum must continue.

 Dr Webster says there needs to be effective and ongoing dialogue between all stakeholders involved as the last meeting was held in April of 2016.

More awareness needed for Bougainville Referendum

Papua New Guinea researcher engaged with the PNG National Research Institute, Dr Thomas Webster says people need to understand that the Referendum is not about Independence.

Dr Webster said Independence is an option, but people need to understand it in the context of the Peace of Agreement.

The Civil War which started in 1988 on Bougainville lasted for almost a decade with more than 10 000 people killed, deterioration of infrastructure, no services and no schools for a decade of generations.

Peace negotiations leading to the Peace Agreement began in 1998 to 2001.

PNG must prepare well for Bougainville Referendum

The Bougainville Referendum is an important national event with significant implications for both PNG and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville with June 19 2019 as the target date.

The Referendum is to determine whether ABG will gain independence or remain autonomous.

Following the launch of Bougainville Referendum Research Project to be carried out by the PNG NRI, Dr Webster said PNG needs to have good solid preparations for the Referendum.

He explained that good preparations will result in a good sound process Referendum and the outcome will be credible.

NRI commences research into Bougainville Referendum

The Bougainville Referendum is an important national event with significant implications for both PNG and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ABG).

The Referendum will determine whether ABG will gain independence or remain autonomous.

The aim of the project, launched today, is to generate research-based information for informing relevant stakeholders in order to ensure that the process and outcome of the Referendum is credible.

Aggressive awareness needed for B’ville referendum

A village chief from the Konnou area of Buin, South Bougainville, told Loop PNG that the awareness for the referendum needs to be more aggressive now.

Joe Patuai said: “There needs to be more funding put into these awareness programs and people need to travel the full length of this island, even into places where service doesn’t go to, awareness has to go.

ABG to get public service powers from Waigani

The Minister of Public Service Dr Puka Temu and Personnel Management Secretary John Kali will lead a high powered head of government agencies delegation to the Autonomous Region  of Bougainville to execute a joint Memorandum of Understanding with ABG for the drawdown of powers as per the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

It is in line with a joint understanding through the Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) for the National Government to dissolve a lot more of its powers to the Bougainville Government.

Bougainvilleans must decide their future: PNG Party

In the Bougainville Peace Road Map, the people of Bougainville will cast their votes in 2019 to decide to be part of Papua New Guinea or become the newest Independent State in the World.  

With the Issue of Writs for the election a month away, PNG Party General Secretary Kila Poka said his party will let the people of Bougainville decide its future.  

More awareness needed for the Bougainville Referendum 2019

The road map to referendum was the hottest topic raised during referendum awareness undertaken by Bougainville Electoral Commissioner (OBEC) and the PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC) last week.  

Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, George Manu, said the awareness drive covered Central and South Bougainville.

Manu said his team also delivered copies of the Bougainville Referendum primer and flyers to those that attended these sessions at Arawa and Buin Markets.  

Information Centres in Bougainville

This will allow people to access key issues such as the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the upcoming referendum.

Supported by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Peacebuilding Fund, the Community Information Center will serve as a “one-stop shop” where visitors can learn about the work of the ABG and the national government on the Referendum and implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.