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. Thirty years ago, Ishmael Toroama was leading troops in a rebel army during a bloody conflict in Bougainville. “I am pleased to announce that the ROs and AROs for this election have already been appointed and gazetted. Scotland may hold the answer, Sydney hotel worker likely caught COVID-19 from self-isolating US airline crew, Jury in Jarryd Hayne rape trial says it's unable to reach unanimous verdict, Mother accused of misusing son's funeral funds hasn't had grief counselling despite 50 requests, lawyers say, India stifles Australia's chase following controversial concussion sub to take 1-0 lead in T20 series, Spies could soon have greater powers to snoop on calls. The war was brought to a close by a peace agreement, which Mr Toroama signed. The referendum was non-binding, which means negotiations must now be held between the governments of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville. [13][14][15] Toroama's caretaker government was formally sworn in on 25 September. Article Views : 0. New Bougainville Government : Momis appoints seven members to the executive council The new parliament will be required to prepare the autonomous Papua New Guinea region for a vote on possible independence, to be held before 2020. "During my campaign, I had this timeframe of two to three years [for negotiations]," Mr Toroama said. Bougainville's electoral commissioner George Manu and acting election manager George Kenatsi (February 2020) Photo: Bougainville Electoral Commission He said the petitioners were mostly alleging election … 13 Feb 2020. Districts and Local Level Government Areas District map of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Map of the vicinity of Bougainville Island Posted Wed Wednesday 23 Sep September 2020 at 3:32am Wed Wednesday 23 Sep September 2020 at 3:32am Ishmael Toroama said the next few years would be a challenging time for Bougainville. Many in the national Parliament don't want to see Bougainville secede. Bougainville Election 2020 News Alert : Panguna mining is a story that evokes timeless lessons and has some relevance for all of us forever throughout our lifetime. Mr Toroama said he wanted to potentially see Bougainville become independent within five years. BY PETERSON TSERAHA. 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. 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. "It's the greatest challenge of our times.". This was the first election to be held after the … [7], Incumbent President John Momis attempted to change the constitution to allow him to stand for a third term. 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 … Decades after the region's bloody civil conflict, the people of Bougainville will today start casting their votes in a referendum on whether they should seek independence from Papua New Guinea. Former Bougainville House of Representative speaker Andrew Miriki has officially made known his intention to contest the ABG presidential elections. Bougainville elections to go ahead on schedule, says MP. She will also face the issue of whether to reopen the troubled mine, as Bougainville tries to become financially independent. Elections are held under the instant-runoff voting system, with voters classifying exactly three candidates. The 2020 presidential and parliamentary election was held in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville between 12 August and 1 September 2020. Almost 98 per cent voted to seek independence. [2] 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. He wants them to be conducted quickly. President Momis said past elections were about forming a government to make developments happen and bring services to the people in the region. 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. Ms Matbob will be joined by three other women in the parliament, voted in to reserved women's seats. Partager sur Facebook; Twitter; Email; Ludovic PATTEUX, Laurent DHONDT et Christian LAMONT arrivent en tête du premier tour de scrutin de la municipale à Bougainville avec respectivement 178, 178 et 177 votes. The PNG Parliament will have the final say. "I would like to see the national Government ratifying the 98 per cent, that is the first step that I would like to see," he said. September 8, 2020. Count toss up There was an unusual event near the end of the count in the southern region seat, Makis, on Saturday. The activist, social worker and mother was voted in to represent the Ioro constituency, which includes the Panguna Mine, the site where fighting first started. [10] Partial results at the beginning of the elimination process on 18 September had former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander Ishmael Toroama leading, with This is the biggest number of candidates contesting in a Bougainville election since the Autonomous Bougainville Government was established in 2005. "For me as a spiritual being I cannot risk the lives of the future generation for economic benefits," Ms Matbob said. "But so long as people are empowered and they feel that they are ready for the issue of mines then the people can make their choice heard, then I can talk on their behalf [based on] what the people will say.". 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"On my side, we will push hard for independence because that is the key issue on Bougainville," Mr Toroama said. Share this. “While we are yet to receive any funds for enrolment or polling, we are preparing ourselves and voters as best as we can,” Commissioner Manu said. 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. [9], Vote counting began on 4 September 2020. 2.THE Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, Mr George Manu has announced the appointment of returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (AROs) for the 2020 Bougainville General Election. He said rumours had been circulating unhappy candidates may not accept the results … "Everyone has their own agenda and issues," Mr Toroama said. Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander Ishmael Toroama … back in the lead in the Bougainville presidential vote. "It's something we can continue to discuss … and come up with the necessary timeframe.". The Bougainville campaign was a series of land and naval battles of the Pacific campaign of World War II between Allied forces and the Empire of Japan, named after the island of Bougainville.It was part of Operation Cartwheel, the Allied grand strategy in the South Pacific.The campaign took place in the Northern Solomons in two phases. "I think the vision and the dream is there," Mr Toroama told the ABC. Every picture tells a story. FORMER Autonomous Bougainville Government President and now peace builder James Tanis has gracefully bowed out of this presidential election as the 18 th exclusion during elimination.. Just before the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission (OBEC) Returning Officer Peter Wanga instructed the counting officials to distribute Mr Tanis’s 10,507 to the remaining six candidates, Mr … Elections in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea: 2020 General Elections Frequently Asked Questions Page 1 of 8 When is Election Day? That agreement promised a non-binding referendum on possible independence, which was held last year. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), Morrison's demand for apology over fake image 'unfortunate', Chinese deputy ambassador says, How do you protect women from abuse? 2:22 pm on 13 February 2020. The 10-year conflict, which raged from 1988 until 1998, saw the deaths of up to 20,000 people, or about 10 per cent of Bougainville's population at that time. Every story a picture tells may not be a perfect story but, as another saying goes, there’s more to the picture than meets the eye. ( Supplied ) Last week the election results in Papua New Guinea’s autonomous region of Bougainville were announced. "We have to fulfil the dreams and the vision of why we fought.". That would be considered a very fast negotiation, especially by Papua New Guinea. Résultat municipale à Bougainville - TOUR 1. Ishmael Toroama speaking at PNG think-tank, The National Research Institute. [6] Several other officers are under investigation. Bougainville News Alert : Read in full the newly elected President of Bougainville, Hon. Bougainville's retiring President, John Momis, called for the maintenance of law and order amid concerns unsuccessful election candidates would cause disruption. PNG's Prime Minister James Marape issued a statement congratulating Mr Toroama and said he would meet with him in coming weeks. Mr Toroama said it was an honour to be elected, but that he knew it would be a challenging time. Originally scheduled to be held in May,[3] the elections were delayed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, first until June,[4] and then again until August.[1]. "After that, we will get ourselves prepared, it will be another timeframe, as the national Government ratifies the outcome, and maybe, a time of five years.". 2.THE Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, Mr George Manu has announced the appointment of returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (AROs) for the 2020 Bougainville General Election. The general election was the first since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly for a separation from Papua New Guinea at the end of last year, with Toroama defeating an open field, the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner said. The Bougainville election is to run for three weeks, from 12 August until 1 September. “I am pleased to announce that the ROs and AROs for this election … Preparations and campaigning for the presidential election in Papua New Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville have restarted. Image: NRI/RNZ. The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, George Manu has assured the people of Bougainville that the preparations of the 2020 ABG elections are underway. The Central and South ex-combatant representatives have already been declared with 33 constituency seats. Father Simon Dumarinu came second with 30,688. [12], On 23 September Ishmael Toroama was declared the winner after the 23rd elimination, with 48,766 votes. Elections for the Autonomous Bougainville Government are a multiple-day event. “I am pleased to announce that the ROs and AROs for this election have already been appointed and gazetted. [11], On 14 September the counting period was extended until 24 September due to the number of votes and candidates. THE Government has allocated K8million for the Bougainville regional seat by-election with the writ issued by Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae yesterday. Bougainville's electoral commissioner George Manu and acting election manager George Kenatsi (February 2020) Photo: Bougainville Electoral Commission The writs for the election have been issued today. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. On 21 August 2020 the Electoral Commissioner announced that polling had almost been completed, one week ahead of schedule. December 4, 2020 The National Main Stories. On the back of such an overwhelming statement, Bougainvilleans returned to the polls to elect a new president and local parliament. 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Nominations start immediately and close on 23 June. 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. 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. Now, he will be sworn in as the region's president. [8] Following Parliament voting down the amendment he unsuccessfully challenged the decision in the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court. Tentative by-election dates for the Bougainville regional parliamentary seat includes, but will be confirmed by the committee on Wednesday: n Issue of by-election Writ and Nomination opens: Thursday October 29, 2020; n Nomination closes (4pm): Wednesday November 4, 2020; n Campaign closes (4pm): Thursday December 3, 2020; A referendum is like an election, but instead of voting for a person/candidate/party, people … "I look forward to working with president-elect Toroama in progressing consultations on the outcome of the recent referendum and securing long-term economic development and a lasting peace for the people of Bougainville," Mr Marape said. [1] 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. 25 candidates are contesting the presidency, including former President James Tanis, former soldier Thomas Raivet, MP Fidelis Semoso, lawyer Paul Nerau, businessman Peter Tsiamalili, health care professional Ruby Mirinka, and former MP Magdalene Toroansi. 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. Ms Matbob beat 15 men to claim the seat and said her priority was to pursue independence for Bougainville and deliver health and education to her people. The 2020 presidential and parliamentary election was held in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville between 12 August and 1 September 2020. He says after Bougainville's new cabinet is selected and settled, the discussions can begin. former PNG MP Father Simon Dumarinu in second place, followed by Thomas Raivet and Fidelis Semoso. As a commander of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, Mr Toroama earned a reputation as a fierce fighter and was said to be one of the most respected leaders as troops campaigned for independence from Papua New Guinea. 23 June 2020. [5] On 24 August a police officer was suspended for allegedly interfering with the election. [16] His Cabinet was announced on 2 October 2020. 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. 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. Among the new generation of parliamentarians is 29-year old Theonilla Roka Matbob. Voters in Bougainville seemed to be buoyed by hopes of the future when they went to elect a new parliament: several young people have been voted in and a number of high-profile MPs lost their seats. Toroama widens lead in Bougainville presidential election 4:55 pm on 10 September 2020 A former commander of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army has widened his lead in the progressive count for the presidential election in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region. June 3, 2020 BY ROMULUS MASIU Ishmael Toroama, a former rebel leader, was elected president of Bougainville on September 23, 2020.
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