On top of this roughy half of the population are illiterate. We also bring to you an update on major reconciliations and declarations made by two constituencies in Bougainville. There is one subject that dominates the prayers in Bougainville today. The final decision on Bougainville's status depends on the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea. “It’s obvious that the people are now in the mood for celebration and I join them as they have every right to celebrate.”. Bougainvillean filmmaker, Llane Munau said that when she spoke to many women in villages about the referendum they would respond “Em husait?” (Who is that?). © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Bougainville votes with more than 97 per cent in favour of independence from Papua New Guinea in an important post-conflict referendum. The date of the Bougainville Referendum is now set to take place on NOVEMBER 23, 2019. Voters will be asked: Do you agree for Bougainville to have, (i) greater autonomy or (ii) independence? world Updated: Dec 11, 2019, 11:55 IST Associated Press Over the course of two weeks – beginning last Saturday – more than 206,000 Bougainvilleans, living in the region, on mainland PNG, in Australia and the Solomon Islands, will have their chance to vote to decide whether they wish Bougainville to remain within PNG but with “greater autonomy” or whether the voters will mark “box two” and opt to create an independent state. Communication is a challenge; there is no radio or television network that covers the entire population and just a few hundred copies of Papua New Guinean newspapers are brought from the mainland each day. A majority vote for independence is widely expected. Nevertheless, the landslide victory will put pressure on PNG to grant Bougainville independence. promised to the people of Bougainville as part of a peace deal reached in 2001. [2] However, no vote was held. People voted overwhelmingly for independence (97.71 per cent) in what was widely regarded to be a successful process, with an informed and engaged citizenry. This article is intended to highlight the key agenda in post referendum Bougainville and the type of leadership qualities demanded of the incoming President by the current situation in Bougainville. We are doing this for our daughters and granddaughters.”. PNG and Bougainville JSB meeting going ahead this week Radio New Zealand 23:08 23-Nov-20. So, Munau created a film called Referendum, Em Husait, which explained the referendum and its importance to them. Polls on the Pacific island chain of Bougainville have closed to end two weeks of voting in a landmark referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea (). Independence option wins in Bougainville referendum Three weeks ago we reported on Bougainville's independence referendum - a non-binding vote on whether to split from Papua New Guinea and become a separate country. We applaud #Bougainville for positively upholding democratic traditions. [4] The civil war ended with a ceasefire in 1998, that was followed with the Bougainville Peace Agreement from 2001. Celebrations as voting begins to decide whether the region will break away from Papua New Guinea, Wed 27 Nov 2019 22.39 EST These issues are further explained in the Referendum Update on pages 6-7. [6] As the referendum was non-binding, independence will need to be negotiated between leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. "[26], Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marape acknowledged the referendum results and stated that he would only commit his government to develop "a road map that leads to a lasting peace settlement" in consultation with Bougainville authorities. In late 2019, the people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG) voted in a non-binding referendum offering two choices: greater autonomy or independence. In reality, the result of the referendum is non-binding, and ultimately the PNG parliament has to vote on whether to allow Bougainville its independence, something that could take up to a decade, according to some experts. Discussions about an independent Bougainville had been held as early as 1968. Overseas voting for the Bougainville Independence referendum is underway at polling stations on Gizo in Solomon Islands and Cairns in Australia. Bougainville Referendum Returning Officer, John Sisiesi, confirms that the verification process will end today, and counting will commence soon after. Travelling through the region, support for independence is evident. A handful of taxi boats float next to the closed market. Both governments said this delay would be the last. Referendum Updates My Island is called the ‘Autonomous Region of Bougainville AROB” and it will have a referendum next year, on June 15 2019. Following a meeting in Port Moresby between the two Bougainville MHAs (Paul Lapun and Donatus Mola) and around 25 Bougainvilleans, a proposal was put forward in the House of Assembly to hold a referendum to decide whether the island should remain part of Papua New Guinea, join the Solomon Islands, or become independent. Following the Joint Supervisory Body’s (JSB) decision last week, polling for the referendum will start on 12 th October 2019. “We have not slept, but did we think this day would come? The referendum will give the people of Bougainville the opportunity to express their opinion on the future political status of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, as guaranteed in the 2001 Peace Agreement. The referendum has been a long time coming. Last modified on Fri 13 Dec 2019 17.09 EST. 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 … Panguna closed in 1989 due to the civil war and is now estimated to hold copper worth up to $60 billion. Also read | Explained: From Bougainville referendum to Nithyananda’s Kailaasa, how is a new country formed? The ABG President Grand Chief Dr John Momis, was given … December 23, 2020; Condolence message on passing of Late Sir Mekere Morauta, KGMC, MP. Rod McGuirk of Time noted that "the process of becoming a separate nation could take years to achieve. Last update: 10:40am, 12th December, 2019 Sydney, Australia Reuters . Scrutiny of ballots in Bougainville's historic independence vote is underway. Bougainville was finally granted limited autonomy after the war ended; although it’s still part of Papua New Guinea, it … [3] One key issue of conflict was the Panguna mine, which was closed in 1989. Currently, the independence referendum is scheduled for 15 June, 2019. ABG was established in 2005 and … Papua New Guinea will seek to ensure a likely majority vote for independence in its autonomous … For now, the people of Bougainville feel optimistic. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. The South Pacific islands of Bougainville have overwhelmingly voted to be independent from Papua New Guinea, the referendum commission said on Wednesday, in a historic poll that will embolden separatists as they start negotiating the terms of their sovereignty. Bougainville continues to move forward in its referendum preparations despite the many challenges faced by our government. The Bougainville referendum is a key milestone contained in a political settlement, the Bougainville Peace Agreement, which sought to reconcile a violent conflict from 1988-1997. [15] The final number of eligible voters was 206,731, out of a total population of nearly 300,000. Phase three of the referendum roll update is the last opportunity for Bougainvilleans to register their names in order to cast their votes during the referendum in October. In a region where various groups are demanding a chance to express their aspirations for self-government, the approach of the people of Bougainville, their leaders and the … The referendum is a key part of a 2001 peace agreement that ended a civil war in which at least 15,000 people died in the cluster of islands to the east of the Papua New Guinea mainland. … [17] Bougainvilleans living in other parts of Papua New Guinea, or in Australia and Solomon Islands, were also allowed to vote. Bougainville referendum: Overseas voting underway; PNG govt seeks to ensure Bougainville vote won't trigger break-up of state. Cars beeped their horns in the streets, as crowds – singing, dancing, cheering and playing pan flutes – followed the region’s president John Momis, to the polling booth to watch him as he cast the first vote in the referendum. When is the Bougainville referendum? Seen a lot of injustice done, during the crisis … I am 65 years old and I’ve seen everything. VOICE OF BOUGAINVILLE. The BPA declares that in the Constitution of the Papua New Guinea National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB) is guaranteed a referendum on Bougainville’s political future to be held amongst Bougainvilleans 10-15 years after the establishment of the Autonomous Bougainville Government. The referendum gave voters in the island cluster a choice between independence and greater autonomy. The referendum will give the people of Bougainville the opportunity to express their opinion on the future political status of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, as guaranteed in the 2001 Peace Agreement. [8], The vote was originally scheduled for 15 June 2019,[9] but was delayed to 17 October amid allegations that the national government was slow to provide most of the promised funding for the referendum. Bougainville Referendum Commission chair Bertie Ahern said on Tuesday the vote was conducted "in an environment that was conducive to a free, fair and credible process". Besides those at the ceremony, the town is almost deserted. BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM UPDATE. After two weeks of voting, the results are finally in: More than 98% of Bougainvilleans have voted in favor of independence. A television screen outside the market in Arawa is used to communicate updates on the referendum process (Photo: Ben Bohane/Wakaphotos.com) The ABC’s cessation of shortwave broadcasting to the region means it cannot play the role it did in the vote for East Timor’s independence. Our people need to understand this,” she says. Currently, the independence referendum is scheduled for 15 June, 2019. Voters will be asked: Do you agree for Bougainville to have, (i) greater autonomy or (ii) independence? It is going to have a referendum, which the people of Bougainville, living in and outside the region will take a vote whether to remain with Papua New Guinea (PNG) or break away and get independence. Though non-binding, the expectation of the people throughout the three regions has been set and they will not settle for anything less. Following the Joint Supervisory Body’s (JSB) decision last week, polling for the referendum will start on 12 th October 2019. The Bougainville referendum will bring some closure to many who have suffered the cruelty of civil war. Bougainvilleans check the voter roll ahead of their region's independence referendum Photo: Bougainville Referendum Commission. “I thank God for what is happening,” said Francesca Semoso, women’s representative and deputy speaker of the Autonomous Bougainville Government House of Representatives after voting. This site remains as an archive of all BRC public information regarding the conduct of the Bougainville referendum. Counting for the Referendum is expected to start today after all … [5] The agreement established the Autonomous Bougainville Government,[6] and mandated a referendum on the independence of Bougainville to be held 10-15 years later than the election of the first Autonomous Bougainville Government, which is June 2020 at the latest. In reality, the result of the referendum is non-binding, and ultimately the PNG parliament has to vote on whether to allow Bougainville its independence, something that could take up to a … The spread of the virus has caused widespread disruptions and has also impacted on the Bougainville transition process that started when the referendum result was announced. [24] On the same day, the December result was commended by the Referendum Commission to the governments and the referendum process formally closed. [27], Bougainville's referendum for independence from Papua New Guinea, Bougainvillean independence referendum, 2019, Vice-President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, East Timorese independence referendum, 1999, Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006, South Sudanese independence referendum, 2011, "Bougainville referendum: region votes overwhelmingly for independence from Papua New Guinea", "Birth of a nation? Thank you God,” she said. The non-binding referendum, to ascertain a preference for either greater autonomy or separate statehood, was a promise enshrined in the 2001 Bougainville Peace agreement. The referendum was approved by the Papua New Guinea government, but the result is non-binding. ”There were 829 polling stations; 800 in Bougainville and 29 outside Bougainville -Australia, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon,” he said. Once, Panguna’s gold and copper provided 45% of Papua New Guinea’s export income. We have people celebrating in the streets because they think that this is it. Stay tune for more updates. Cave noted that, as with other Pacific countries, Bougainville will likely make pleas to Australia and New Zealand for assistance in developing its institutions while China and potentially the United States may offer diplomatic and economic partnerships once independence is achieved. The result will be declared in mid-December and is expected to be overwhelming in favour of independence. Bougainville wants more than a referendum overview at JSB Radio New Zealand 16:41 24-Nov-20. [15], Do you agree for Bougainville to have: (1) Greater Autonomy (2) Independence? We stand ready to support all of our partners with the next phase of this process. After Papua New Guinea became independent from Australia in 1975,[3] Bougainville was given provincial status in 1976. The BPA declares that in the Constitution of the Papua New Guinea National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB) is guaranteed a referendum on Bougainville’s political future to be held amongst Bougainvilleans 10-15 years after the establishment of the Autonomous Bougainville Government. May it be peaceful and successful,” says the priest. The referendum question was a choice between greater autonomy within Papua New Guinea and full independence; voters voted overwhelmingly (98.31%) for independence. Call for action over … This vote has been 20 years in the making, promised to the people of Bougainville as part of a peace deal reached in 2001, which marked the end of a brutal decade-long civil war that saw an estimated 20,000 out of the region’s 200,000 people killed. Chief referendum officer, Mauricio Claudio, said as the … The President stressed on this important agenda of implementing the 98% Referendum … The referendum result is non-binding and must be ratified by PNG parliament, but the country's new prime minister James Marape has said he would prefer Bougainville to stay within PNG. The referendum question was a choice between greater autonomy within Papua New Guinea and full independence; voters voted overwhelmingly (98.31%) for independence. Per the Peace Agreement, whatever the result of the referendum, the referendum process will be followed by bilateral negotiations between the two governments on the future political status of Bougainville. 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. In the middle of Arawa town, a youth group from Rorovana stages a play for locals on what the voting process will be, even down to the detail of what a voting booth looks like. Public gatherings have been restricted to no more than 10 people, markets have been closed and for a … NBC News -Patrick Makis (Buka) Related … PNG: Worries political turmoil may be 'detrimental' ABC Online - Radio Australia 04:12 23-Nov-20. Roughly 90% of people in Bougainville live in rural hamlets and villages. Tensions between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Autonomous Bougainville … CANBERRA, Australia, Sep 29 (IPS) - Ishmael Toroama, a former revolutionary leader and fighter during the decade long civil war which engulfed the remote islands of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the 1990s, has been elected the autonomous region's new President ahead of high-level talks about its political future. Buildings, vehicles and boats are draped with the cobalt blue, Bougainville flag. [28] China is seeking to incorporate an independent Bougainville into its Belt and Road Initiative. The other option in the vote was greater autonomy from Papua New Guinea. “We believe he created our land and us, so our lives and our future are in his hands.”. ABG was established in 2005 and … Although it is the last of the three phases of the enrolment stages, enrolment continues until August 16, when writs are issued. For all the latest World News, download … The referendum is nonbinding, and independence would then need to be negotiated between leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. With independence, all of Papua New Guinea's interests in the mine would transfer to Bougainville, giving it a 60% share in all projects and retaining all mining licences. The referendum result is non-binding and must be ratified by PNG parliament, but the country's new prime minister James Marape has said he would prefer Bougainville to stay within PNG. Papua New Guinea's Minister for Bougainville Affairs Puka Temu said, "the outcome is a credible one," but also stated that Papua New Guinea should have time to absorb the result. The result was the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA), the creation in 2005 of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, and the promise of a non-binding referendum on independence. The referendum comes after the conclusion of the Bougainville civil war which left an estimated 15,000 to 20,00 Bougainvilleans dead. The Indian Express is now on Telegram. One of these events is being held in Arawa in the days before voting opened. So far Bougainville has been spared from any COVID-19 outbreak and has enacted its own State of Emergency. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is deciding very soon whether it will secede from Papua New Guinea, achieve greater autonomy, or remain in the country. Back to Events. Almost 98 per cent of the 181,067 votes cast backed … November 23, 2019; Day one of polling for the Bougainville Referendum kicked off today on a highly peaceful note. The Bougainville referendum is a key milestone contained in a political settlement, the Bougainville Peace Agreement, which sought to reconcile a violent conflict from 1988-1997. [12], The vote faced a high degree of difficulty to organise, with most of the population in small hamlets and villages, and about half the population being illiterate. Bougainville wants more than JSB referendum overview Radio New Zealand 20:25 24-Nov-20. [13], In October 2018, former Taoiseach of Ireland Bertie Ahern was appointed to chair the Bougainville Referendum Commission, which was responsible for preparing the referendum. Bougainville Referendum Charter officially triggered preparations for the conduct of the referendum and established the Bougainville Referendum Commission as the body to conduct the referendum. We also bring to you an update on major reconciliations and declarations made by two constituencies in Bougainville. Latest News. [4], In 1988, tension erupted into a civil war between the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and Papua New Guinea government forces. As Bougainville prepares for a referendum on independence, Australia must navigate a policy response that acknowledges the history of conflict and colonialism there, Bougainville nationalism, PNG sensitivities, the principles of the guiding Bougainville Peace Agreement and new geostrategic realities to help forge a lasting solution. Oct 13 2018 Bougainville Referendum News Update : #PNG PM O’Neill and President of Bougainville Momis agree at JSB on referendum question “Do you agree for Bougainville to have, option 1.Greater Autonomy or option 2.Independence. In order to spread information to people about the vote and the political process that will follow, not-for-profits have travelled through the islands conducting dialogues and putting on awareness-raising events. The … [10] The referendum was delayed again to 23 November at the request of the Bougainville Referendum Commission to ensure the credibility of the referendum roll so more people can vote. The referendum comes after the conclusion of the Bougainville civil war which left an estimated 15,000 to 20,00 Bougainvilleans dead. Toroama-Nisira government passes 2021 Budget. [23], On 24 January 2020 the result was declared "Petition Free", confirming that no appeals had been received within 40 days against the conduct or the result of the referendum and that none could be accepted in future. Now with such a phenomenal majority, it’s much harder for them to do that. [16] Males undergoing the upe rite of passage were allowed to vote at special male-only polling stations. The people of Bougainville, an island group in Papua New Guinea, have voted overwhelmingly for independence. NEW DAWN FM NEWS THE President for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Ismael Toroama says even though the Bougainville Consultation team and the JSB did not meet, the JTT was able to make a number of resolutions. Voters had two options - more autonomy, or full independence. The referendum is nonbinding, and independence would then need to be negotiated between leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. Engaging in the referendum, despite it being non-binding, demonstrates the recognition of the importance of the peace process. Bougainville continues to move forward in its referendum preparations despite the many challenges faced by our government. These issues are further explained in the Referendum Update on pages 6-7. 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But we’re not independent yet. On 23 November 2019, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in the South Eastern part of Papua New Guinea (PNG) will conduct a referendum on whether Bougainville will remain within PNG with greater autonomy or establish an independent state. The referendum is non-binding and a vote for independence would then need to be negotiated by leaders from both Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. The Electoral Commissioner, George Manu, said the roll used in Bougainville's independence referendum late last year was being used as the working roll for … "[28], Damien Cave of The New York Times reported that the referendum would serve as an inspiration for West Papua separatists in Indonesia and for voters in the 2020 New Caledonian referendum for independence from France. Observers have said that the clear result makes it difficult for Papua New Guinea to ignore or delay the result, but that independence could take years to achieve. Agenda one (1) concerns the 98% Vote - The Bougainville people have overwhelmingly set the goal post for independence at the recent Referendum. Phase three of the referendum roll update is the last opportunity for Bougainvilleans to register their names in order to cast their votes during the referendum in October. Photos copyright Ben Bohane/Wakaphotos.com There is an issue with managing expectations, especially the belief that if the vote returns a strong result for independence, as expected, Bougainville will immediately become independent. A non-binding independence referendum was held in Bougainville,[1] an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, between 23 November and 7 December 2019. When Papua New Guinea was granted independence in 1975, Bougainville became a province, even though there was little enthusiasm for it. The referendum was a result of a 2001 agreement between the government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government that ended a civil war fought from 1988 to 1998. Bernadine Perekai from Haku crossed the Buka Channel with her two sons to attend the mass. “We are gathered here this morning in Bel Isi Park to ask you to bless the referendum. Over 98% of valid ballots were cast in favor of independence. BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM UPDATE Scrutiny of ballots in Bougainville's historic independence vote is underway. “In Bougainville, all our hope is in God.” She says. [19][20] Prior to the election, it was widely expected that the independence option would win,[21][12][22][3] with The Guardian reporting an estimate of 90% in favor of independence. It is hoped that the analysis will assist voters in deciding the most suitable candidate to be the next President for Bougainville. Bougainville's independence referendum explained", "51. Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern was cheered when he announced that more than 98% of valid ballots favored independence. Counting for the Referendum is expected to start today after all ballot boxes and papers are verified. [14], In November, the BRC completed the official "certified voter list" to be used in polling for the referendum. BOUGAINVILLE Affairs Minister Sir Puka Temu has appealed to the National Government to prioritise funding under the K100 million new 10-year Bougainville Development Program (2020-2030) to progress the post-referendum program. The start date for the Bougainville independence referendum has finally been set for November 23, 2019, after being delayed twice. UPDATE 1-Bougainville mining expectations rise amid peaceful referendum. “I’m very happy that my dream to empower people in a way that is democratically appropriate has been achieved,” said Momis, emerging from the polling booth with arms raised. In the coastal town of Buka a solemn procession of people makes its way from the Catholic church to Bel Isi park, where worshippers kneel before a makeshift cross. [18], The results of the referendum were announced on 11 December. Autonomy in all its different forms such as free association has been rejected by the Vote. [27], Jonathan Pryke, director of the Pacific Islands program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, stated that the referendum's results were disadvantageous for Papua New Guinea, adding that, "[i]f there were to be a smaller majority, say 55 or 65 percent, the PNG government could have found a way to justify really stretching this out and having a period of negotiation that could last years or decades. A non-binding independence referendum was held in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, between 23 November and 7 December 2019. The vessels have brought families dressed in their Sunday best for church from other parts of Buka island, some 700km off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Following this, the PNG and Bougainville governments are to begin consultations about how the result may be implemented. This is the first and foremost … Available for everyone, funded by readers. Polls on the Pacific island chain of Bougainville have closed to end two weeks of voting in a landmark referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea (). People sing songs of a safe and fair referendum and, in case they forget, small boards are placed on roadsides with the number two painted on them, to remind them to choose a vote for independence. [61] In Bougainville and elsewhere, the loss of ABC reporting and reach in the Pacific has opened up a void of reliable … The Bougainville Referendum Commission has ramped up its awareness, sending SMS messages direct to people’s mobile phones. 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