Party hopping a concern

Letters

ONE of the top agendas in daily newspapers, social media and on the radio is party hopping – elected members moving from one party to another.
Members who were vocal against PNC contradicted their words during the formation of government.
Even some parties that rallied against PNC have joined hands.
And the voters are disappointed and feel betrayed. The same can be said for the parties that initially endorsed those members.
Most independents thought they would be better off in government than in opposition.
The political party alliance is an unstable marriage.
You never know what the other have in mind. And so you do not always trust a politician to be true to his words. The leader of Pangu Pati Sam Basil has therefore proposed to change and/or make laws to stop this instability.
But it would be much better if there is the change in our and our politicians’ mindset and perception of good governance.
Elected members move because they think the government side receives DSIP, PSIP and other government grants in full and in time whilst opposition side do not.
That is a misconception that resulted from poorly managed government.
Both sides comprised the government and they deserve equal treatment in that respect.
The elected members have the right to criticise, judge and scrutinise policies to ensure check and balance on the conduct of the government is maintained.
Therefore, such debates should not be abused to deprive the people of their rightful benefits. Unless our mindset change to facilitate good governance, any change of law may not stop party hopping.

Gillie Ouson
Lawman-UPNG

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