Everything rises and falls on leadership. To understand the standard and quality of leadership in this country, let’s go back to the start of making of the leaders we desire to run this country. The constitution allows us to make our leaders – that is to elect them through the democratic process of voting them through the ballot paper after every five years. The constitution clearly states that every person shall be at liberty when choosing a leader – that is someone’s right to choose a leader must be done so without undue influence such as force, intimidation or bribery, etc.
Unfortunately National Elections in Papua New Guinea cannot be described in isolation with force, intimidation, bribery and cheating. This is contrary to what the constitution requires for the election of leaders. Perhaps, this country would have been developed quickly if we had leaders as those defined by
Dr. Cornel West as “if your success is being defined as well adjusted to injustice and well adapted to indifference, then we don’t want successful leaders. We want great leaders - who love the people enough and respect the people enough to be unbought, unbound, unafraid and unintimidated to tell the truth”.
Unfortunately, the system of bribery and cheating to elect leaders has never produced great leaders in Papua New Guinea. Instead it has produced leaders with low moral conduct, questionable reputation and credibility, vast personal interests, and hidden agendas to the parliament whom have been promoting bribery, wantok-system and corruption, which are the dark forces acting behind the scenes slowly destroying our beautiful country.
The future of PNG will still be worse if we don’t fix first what is wrong in this country.