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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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Preferential Ballots and Primeval Brothers

Preferential Ballots and Primeval Brothers

(p.108) Chapter 8 Preferential Ballots and Primeval Brothers
A Faraway, Familiar Place

Michael French Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

The author discusses the 2008 elections in Kragur and Wewak. When he arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2008, all the people of Kairiru and other area islands were in the middle of a campaign for the office of president of the Wewak Islands Rural Local Level Government. During its many years of governing the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, Australia introduced elections for positions of local, regional, and national leadership. The author talks about the evolution of the PNG governmental and electoral system into Western-style elections, focusing on changes such as the use of campaign posters, the introduction of limited preferential voting, improved methods of moving polling teams around rural areas, and more voter education.

Keywords:   elections, Papua New Guinea, Kragur, Wewak, Australia, campaign posters, limited preferential voting, voter education

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