Governor urges people to vote good leaders

Islands, Normal

The National, Tuesday July 9th, 2013

 AFTER winning his election petition challenge last Friday, New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan left Kavieng for Huris. 

En-route to Namatanai, a group of people waited until 1.30am to congratulate and celebrate the court victory.

Justice Bernard Sakora threw out all 28 charges and dismissed the petition.

Sir Julius addressed the Namatanai supporters after midnight Friday and explained the court’s decision to the excited group.

He arrived at Huris early Saturday morning, cast his vote at his mother’s Nokon village (ward 18) for the local level government elections and addressed his people at Huris and Nokon about rights and privileges.

He told the people not to support unreliable, lazy and non-resident presidents and dishonest candidates. 

“People know who they are and if they compromised by voting grease candidates, clan members and wantoks or even beer and spakman, bai yu kaikai prut yu planim, noken kam giaman na putim hevi long provinsal gavman na memba bilong paliamen (drunks, you will eat the fruit of what you planted and do not blame the provincial government or MP),” Sir Julius said.

“I ask you to vote honest, reliable leaders who will work with my government to push big and innovative programmes such as autonomy, bank and university.

“Candidates must not fool people and make promise for money if they vote for them. 

“Many promises were made to the people at last year’s national elections – the government has budgeted for a corruption sweep team to investigate claims of corruption.

“Voters who voted believing the many inducements such as free truck, boat, food, accommodation and after elections gifts must go to collect their gifts.”

Sir Julius said voters should come forward and lodge their truthful complaints to the Sweep Team so we can wipe out these corrupt and filthy practices in New Ireland.

“Together we must kill the poisonous forever,” Sir Julius concluded.

He returned from Huris last Sunday after addressing the congregation at Paal and Sohun where the people waited to hear the truth about the court case and prepare for Port Moresby today for the public accounts inquiry in the morning and the parliament session in the afternoon.