Vt4 million was never spent

The Office of the Prime Minister has stated that the Vt4 million much talked about in the social media that was approved for the Commonwealth Registration, was never used. A meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office last Friday heard that the amount was still held by the Department of Finance. Concerns were raised in social media about the Vt4 million […]

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‘Noken’ voting system may lead to vote distortion: Commission

Vote distortions may occur in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections in Papua if the noken system is used, an official from the General Elections Commission (KPU) has said. Under the noken system, a group of voters are represented by one person, who is usually appointed by their community through a general agreement. The appointed representative will later report the group’s […]

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West Papuans cautious about SIG visit but remains hopeful

The Solomon Islands government under the leadership of former PM Manasa Sogovare was a staunch supporter for the West Papuan struggle. However this recently organized visit under secrecy without any notification to West Papuan groups on ground has raised concerns about a possible shift in the Solomon Islands government’s stand in relation to the West Papuan struggle. It is understood […]

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Arrests in Papua as Solomons delegation visits

Nine West Papuans were arrested by Indonesian police in Jayapura today for a small protest over a visit by a Solomon Islands delegation. The government-led delegation travelled to Papua’s provincial capital at the invitation of Indonesia’s government, but the way it slipped into Papua province largely under the radar has raised questions. The delegation was led by Solomon Islands’ Ambassador […]

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