By: Political Observer
Reports received from 2017 NGE candidates across the country is that they are running out of money for their campaign. It seems most are wishing and hoping that June 24th arrived so ends the campaigning.
We still have 5 weeks to go and most Political Parties and Candidates have run dry.
Kerengu Kua stated to ABC that this has several implications for PNG democracy.
However, the alternative viewpoints also is that, this will see a test of candidates who heavy rely on “Vote Buying” to change their strategy and start using “development policies” to win votes.
Most candidates dont have a practical Political Platform and the lack of money in spending will put “Spot lights” on alternatives which they can offer rather than “vote buying” and big ceremonies.
Strong Political Platforms will be the Big Winner this election..
Papua New Guinea’s cash crunch saps colour from election campaigns
Tough economic times are affecting Papua New Guinea’s normally colourful election campaign.
Candidates and parties are crying poor, and that has meant the normally feverish campaign is more subdued than expected.
The leader of the PNG National Party, Kerenga Kua, said that has implications for PNG’s democracy.
It’s election season in Papua New Guinea, which means it’s time for colourful campaigns, rallies and outlandish promises by candidates.
“There is less colour, less movement, and that’s not good, because you need to have some level of activity for educational purposes,” he said.
“The messages from candidates need to go out for the people. To do that, they need money and they don’t have money.”
Voters usually expect campaigns to be a period of uncharacteristic generosity from their incumbent politicians and intending candidates.
In the past, many have received inducements to support particular candidates, such as money, food or alcohol.
“They think the candidates will give them money, they will take the money as something they always wanted and they use the money and they cast their votes,” she said.
“They’re not thinking about the future of how they will enjoy the benefits of the government doing some good things for them, because they need money now.