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A Faraway, Familiar PlaceAn Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea$
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Michael French Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836863

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.001.0001

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A Clean Election and Its Messy Aftermath

A Clean Election and Its Messy Aftermath

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(p.119) Chapter 9 A Clean Election and Its Messy Aftermath
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A Faraway, Familiar Place
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Michael French Smith

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0009

The author talks about the 2008 local elections in Papua New Guinea. Based on his observations, the author believes that the Kragur people and the government election officials from Wewak managed the elections very well. The elections for ward councilors and Local Level Government area presidents were supposed to take place nationwide at the same time as the 2007 parliamentary elections, but they were postponed until 2008. The author arrived in Kragur in 2008 when the campaigns leading up to the elections, scheduled for early June, were under way. He discusses the public campaigning by candidates, the day of the elections, the counting of the votes, and the results of the elections. He also describes the aftermath of the elections, with particular reference to protests and accusations of irregularities.

Keywords:   elections, Papua New Guinea, Kragur, Wewak, public campaigning

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