Indonesia plans to improve electrification in Papua region

A programme called ‘Bright Indonesia’ has been launched by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to increase the electrification rate in the country’s eastern provinces. Antara News reported that through the programme, Indonesia aimed to boost its electrification rate to 97 per cent of the country’s total population by 2019. This would require the building of new power plants, […]

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Melanesian police forces to assist PNG with APEC security

Melanesian Spearhead Group countries are considering deploying police to Papua New Guinea later this year to assist with security for the APEC summit. The matter’s being discussed at a meeting of police ministers and police chiefs from MSG countries which began in PNG’s East New Britain province at the weekend. The group has been asked by PNG for security help […]

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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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