The National, Thursday 2nd May 2013
PEOPLE in the Rabaul district, East New Britain, have been challenged to vote for candidates with good leadership qualities in the local level government (LLG) elections in June.
Ombudsman Commission official Vagi Boga said this during an awareness campaign in Rabaul last weekend.
She was part of the commission’s team that is currently visiting the four districts in ENB and conducting awareness programmes on the roles of LLG presidents and ward councillors.
Boga told the people at Rabaul Page market last Saturday that the OC’s interest was in leadership qualities as they looked after the Leadership code that focused on leaders from the prime minster level to ward councillors.
“We want to make aware to the people on what qualities to look for in leaders when voting. We discourage people voting for relatives,” she said.
“If you vote them (relatives) and do not get services, you will be stuck with this decision for the next five years.”
Boga said they were focusing on the LLG elections as districts and wards will be receiving K15 million, including K500,000 for LLGs.
“We are emphasising qualities of good leadership so people vote leaders who will bring services and presidents who would be able to sit at respective joint district planning and budget priorities committee meetings and have a say on how this money will be allocated to vital areas,” she said.