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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea polit ical reviews • mel anesia 457 those wishing to try their luck, to satisfy their ego, or simply to serve In the year 2002 Papua New Guinea as a front for other parties. More than was dominated by the general elec- three-quarters did not even win a seat. tions and the continued downturn of The election itself turned out to be the economy. a major embarrassment. Like previous In the first half of the year, the elections, planning for this election entire government and public service was wholly inadequate, with the prob- virtually stood still as political parties lem of an “unclean” Common Roll and other aspirants prepared for the dominating complaints. The most gen- June elections. By early March, it was erous analysis of the Common Roll clear that the leading contenders were suggests that there were more than a the National Alliance (na) led by the million ghost names, out of a voting country’s first prime minister, Michael population of about two million. Even Somare (better known as “Chief”), Prime Minister Morauta unsuccess- and the ruling party, People’s Demo- fully tried to stop the election via the cratic Movement (pdm), led ostensi- courts on the eve http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2003 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

polit ical reviews • mel anesia 457 those wishing to try their luck, to satisfy their ego, or simply to serve In the year 2002 Papua New Guinea as a front for other parties. More than was dominated by the general elec- three-quarters did not even win a seat. tions and the continued downturn of The election itself turned out to be the economy. a major embarrassment. Like previous In the first half of the year, the elections, planning for this election entire government and public service was wholly inadequate, with the prob- virtually stood still as political parties lem of an “unclean” Common Roll and other aspirants prepared for the dominating complaints. The most gen- June elections. By early March, it was erous analysis of the Common Roll clear that the leading contenders were suggests that there were more than a the National Alliance (na) led by the million ghost names, out of a voting country’s first prime minister, Michael population of about two million. Even Somare (better known as “Chief”), Prime Minister Morauta unsuccess- and the ruling party, People’s Demo- fully tried to stop the election via the cratic Movement (pdm), led ostensi- courts on the eve

Journal

The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 7, 2003

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