The inclusion of people with disabilities in voting during election matter

The inclusion of people with disabilities in voting during election matter

There needs to be more done to include people with disabilities (PWDs) to vote in elections. Traditionally, persons with disabilities were excluded from exercising their voting rights in political participation. However, in the recent elections, inclusion of persons with disabilities in election have been recognized in Papua New Guinea. Many of these voting rights are stipulated by the government’s commitment to the national and international agenda for human rights and equal participation of everyone including PWDs. The National Board for Disable persons and the PNG Assembly of Disabled Persons, with assistance from international donor agencies, have played a significant role in supporting and enhancing accessibility for people with disabilities in the elections. For instance, in 2012 General Election, the PNG Electoral Commission implemented a pilot project in the National Capital district, funded by AusAID's electoral support program to enable people with disabilities to vote freely at a polling booth, marking the first since independence. A total of 200 people with disability participated. The participants for the first time expressed their rights and felt a sense of belonging. Moreover, in the following elections in 2017 and 2022, marginialised groups including PWDs and women were given separate queues to vote. Despite those developments, there are still more challenges in the remote areas for inclusion of PWDs to vote. This paper discusses on the challenges and provides strategies to include PWDs in the elections.

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2024 Census must provide accurate data for the review of electoral boundaries

2024 Census must provide accurate data for the review of electoral boundaries

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Population Census is set to commence in July 2024. The adopted theme “Be counted, no one left behind” emphasizes the importance of accurately counting every individual in the census process. However, one can also add “count once’ into the theme, to emphasize the importance of transparency and accuracy and no duplication or manipulation for political or other reasons. Before the 2024 national population census begins, the National Statistical Office (NSO) and census officials must clearly understand that this census data will be used for important decisions that will either bring negative or positive impacts in the future.

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Primary school head teachers will do better as lecturers for teachers colleges

Primary school head teachers will do better as lecturers for teachers colleges 

Effective teacher training is crucial for preparing teachers to meet the diverse needs of pupils in primary education. Primary school head teachers are influential in providing practical understanding and real-life examples to teacher training college students. Based on their firsthand experience in a primary school, head teachers bridge the gap between theory and practice, sharing real classroom scenarios and effective teaching strategies.

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