N BOUGAINVILLE Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, George Manu, today announced an extension in the counting period for the 2020 Bougainville General Elections. It is now tasked with carrying the autonomous region on a challenging political journey toward the long held local aspiration for nationhood. Bougainville's retiring President, John Momis, called for the maintenance of law and order amid concerns unsuccessful election candidates would cause disruption. At one point, ahead of the officials calling the election, Trump was even seen claiming that the vote counts are already in the billionaire business magnate's favour and he has won the said election "by a huge margin". However, the decisive result of last year’s referendum is non-binding. The peace agreement, signed in 2001, provided for establishing an autonomous government, which occurred in 2005, and a referendum on the region’s future political status. The field then mushroomed into an unprecedented more than 400 candidates vying for 40 parliamentary seats and 25 hopefuls for the presidency. President-elect Ishmael Toroama after being declared the winner of the #Bougainville Presidential #election . IPS is an international communication institution with a global news agency at its core, “Let us all walk this journey together as one people and one voice to decide our leaders for this next government that will lead us to our ultimate political future that is within the confines of democratic values and international best practice standards,” Momis stated on Aug. 17. Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, Ishmael Toroama, is starting to build a substantial lead after count 206 in the presidential vote. The 2015 presidential and parliamentary election was held in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville between 11 May and 25 May 2015. Copyright © 2020 IPS-Inter Press Service. Much of the dispute has been disputed over how the profits from the lucrative Panguna gold and copper mine on Bougainville Island should be shared – and over the environmental damage caused by mining. With counting of the northern votes happening through the weekend, Toroama has established a buffer of more than 2200 votes over second placed Father Simon Dumarinu. Ishmael Toroama continues to extend his lead in the race for the Bougainville Presidential seat. You have entered an incorrect email address! More recently, he has been a successful cocoa farmer. Specific dates are given where these are known. The islands of Bougainville, with a population of about 300,000 people, are located more than 900 kilometres east of the PNG mainland. “I look forward to working with President-Elect Toroama in progressing consultations on the outcome of the recent referendum and securing long term economic development and a lasting peace for the people of Bougainville,” Marape said in a statement issued soon after the election results were announced. As of count 102, the former Revolutionary Leader is leading the pool of 25 candidates with 12, 562 votes. Following an almost unanimous 97.7 percent referendum vote in November of last year for Independence from PNG, the people of Bougainville returned to the polls last month to decide on a new government. The campaigning and voting periods were reported as organised and peaceful, in spite of some alleged cases of misplaced voting papers. 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Find the latest news, photos and videos from the 2020 United States presidential election. More recently, he has been a. Geraldine Valei, Executive Officer of the Bougainville Women’s Federation, offered another perspective on the overwhelming support Toroama received at the ballot box. Following an almost unanimous 97.7 percent referendum vote in November of last year for Independence from PNG, the people of Bougainville returned to the polls last month to decide on a new government. The campaigning and voting periods were reported as organised and peaceful, in spite of some. He has not been a political leader or served in government administration, although he played a vital role in the peace talks which ended the conflict. Last year’s non-binding independence ballot was part of the peace process that ended the conflict, although competing claims remain over development rights for the long-closed mine. Geraldine Valei, Executive Officer of the Bougainville Women’s Federation, offered another perspective on the overwhelming support Toroama received at the ballot box. About 200,000 eligible voters would participate.” There are 410 polling teams: South Bougainville 120, North Bougainville 172 and Central Bougainville 118. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS. (2020 Referendum - Updated with Results) In 2012, we reported on Puerto Rico's chances at becoming the a state of the US, after the territory's people sort of voted for that . Valei told IPS that she would like to see the new President “strengthen good governance, have zero tolerance of corruption, strengthen law and order and advocate for the ratification of Independence from Papua New Guinea”. As part of the efforts aimed at protecting the votes of the electorate in Nigeria, as well as the mandate of political candidates, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it has set up a dedicated public portal, known as “The INEC Result Viewing (IReV),” where Nigerians can view election results, live, from polling units. This national electoral calendar for the year 2020 lists the national/federal direct elections that were and are scheduled to be held in 2020 in all sovereign states and their dependent territories. The National Independent Electoral Commission released the final vote count of the presidential election. The are both running on a similar platform as before: Maia Sandu runs on a though anti-corruption message, promising closer ties to the European Union. Voters across Bougainville start heading to polling stations today [Wednesday August 12th] as a critical regional election gets underway. There were also two female candidates in the running: Ruby Miringka, a healthcare professional who has also worked for the Bougainville Referendum Commission, and Magdalene Toroansi, a former Bougainville Minister for Women. Bougainville, a group of lush, mineral-rich islands in the South Pacific, has undergone little development since the end of a decade-long civil war that claimed the lives of 20,000 people in 1998. This comes as PNG has now recorded over 200 cases of Covid-19 and 3 people have died. September 15, 2020. Talks at the national level will be informed by input from local forums in Bougainville, comprising representatives of communities, ex-combatants, business leaders, women and youths. Bougainville's main town of Buka. In parliamentary elections, 39 nonpartisan members are elected. President-elect Ishmael Toroama after being declared the winner of the #Bougainville Presidential #election. Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected president of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, election officials said on Wednesday. Looking ahead, economic experts claim that, with a weak economy and heavy dependence on international aid and funding from the national government, Bougainville would face a long period of transition to being an economically viable state, potentially up to 20 years. Would you consider a $20.00 contribution today that will help to keep the IPS news wire active? He has not been a political leader or served in government administration, although he played a vital role in the peace talks which ended the conflict. His achievements include serving in the national parliament, playing a major role in the region’s peace negotiations and serving as Bougainville’s governor after the conflict from 1999 to 2005. A three-week poll commences in mid-August with results expected by mid-September. There is no deadline for this process, but Toroama has indicated he would like a decision reached within two to three years. Despite having only one recorded case of COVID-19, to date, the Bougainville government declared a state of emergency in March, which led to the delay of the general election, originally planned during the first half of this year. However, the decisive result of last year’s, PNG’s Prime Minister, James Marape, has voiced his support and respect for the process ahead and the wishes of the Bougainville people. No matter who will be the president or members of the 39-seat House of Representatives, a daunting task awaits – meaningfully progressing last December’s 97.7% vote for independence. Former President John Momis, who has led Bougainville for the past 10 years and been a prominent local political leader and figure of stability for more than four decades, bowed out of the race, having served the maximum two terms in office. The 2020 presidential election was then the first campaign during which Sandu and Dodon ran for office. This is an updated and expanded version of that article, fully revised for next week's new Puerto Rico statehood referendum. The islands of Bougainville were brought under the umbrella of the new Papua New Guinean nation in 1975. This was the first election to be held after the … Bougainville hit the world headlines in 1989 when an indigenous landowner uprising against the then Rio-Tinto majority owned Panguna copper mine on Bougainville Island escalated into a civil war which raged on until a ceasefire in 1998. Your contribution will make a huge difference. Live democratic and republican delegate counts, caucuses and primary results by state. Bougainville's youth pursue break from bloody past at presidential vote. The outcome of this November’s election will be crucial to Palau’s response to the economic crisis, as whoever will win the polls will be confronted by the impacts of COVID-19 well beyond 2020. [2] Toroama is on the verge of holding talks for independence.The general election was the first since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to separate from Papua New Guinea late last year, with Toroama beating an open field, Bougainville’s electoral commissioner said. Toroama also faces huge public expectations to bring about the region’s long held dream of Independence. Voting would be for one day for the entire region. President Momis said past elections were about forming a government to make developments happen and bring services to the people in the region. But they are geographically located far from the PNG mainland and the islanders trace their ethnic and cultural kinship instead to the Solomon Islands, an archipelago to the immediate southeast of Bougainville. Presidential Election In Bougainville. PNG’s Prime Minister, James Marape, has voiced his support and respect for the process ahead and the wishes of the Bougainville people. The new President was a commander in the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, a guerrilla force which instigated an armed uprising following grievances about the environmental devastation and economic inequity associated with the foreign-owned Panguna mine. Toroama’s rivals for the top office included James Tanis, who held the office of President briefly from 2008 to 2010, another former rebel ex-combatant, Sam Kauona, and local businessman, Fidelis Semoso. This story includes downloadable print-quality images -- Copyright IPS, to be used exclusively with this story. The seat was left vacant after sitting member Joe Lera resigned to contest the Autonomous Bougainville Government presidential election which was conducted earlier this year. He led comfortably from the beginning when count started from South Bougainville, the to Central and North Bougainville. Dumarinu has increased his lead over the next group of candidates – Tsiamalili, Raivet, and Semoso – to 11,000. All rights reserved. Speaking at a media conference this afternoon, Mr Manu says with the current counting phase, there is insufficient time to complete the scrutiny and counting process as per the initial election schedule. The new President was a commander in the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, a guerrilla force which instigated an armed uprising following grievances about the environmental devastation and economic inequity associated with the foreign-owned Panguna mine. The vote also starts just days after Bougainville registered its first confirmed Covid-19 case when a young student flew into Buka from the mainland.. Thailand: Finance Minister Predee Daochai resigns. 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