Weather causes delays in Bougainville vote

From NETANI RIKA on Buka, Bougainville HEAVY rain and rough seas overnight have delayed the delivery of ballot boxes and voting officials to a number of small atolls off the Bougainville coast. Bougainville Referendum

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Tears of joy as ballots flow

From NETANI RIKA, Buka, Bougainville TEARS of joy flowed down Francesca Semoso’s cheeks as she cast her vote in the Bougainville Referendum. Overcome by emotion, the Deputy Speaker of the Autonomous Bougainville House

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Port Moresby is a rubber stamp

By Netani Rika, Buka-: Bougainville AN overwhelming vote for independence should compel Papua New Guinea to allow freedom for Bougainville. The Autonomous Bougainville Government’s President, John Momis, said a vote

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Churches call for peace and calm

By Netani Rika, Buka-: Bougainville CHURCHES have called for peace, calm and wise choices of leaders in the Bougainville referendum. With polling stations closed yesterday (Sunday), Bougainvilleans flocked to church in

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Flags and speakers – sign of the times

From NETANI RIKA on Buka, Bougainville IF flags here could speak, they would tell of an island chain poised on the edge of nationhood and held back only by an act of free choice and a decision to be made by legislators

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Key players cast votes

By Netani Rika, Buka-: Bougainville KEY figures in the Bougainville  peace process have cast their votes as the territory decides on independence. President John Momis of thr Autonomous Bougainville Government

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A good day for world peace

From NETANI RIKA on Buka, Bougainville THE first day of Bougainville’s referendum on independence has been described as a good day for world peace. Chief Referendum Officer, Mauricio Claudio, told a media conference

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Alcohol ban as poll begins

From NETANI RIKA on Buka, Bougainville A MONTH-LONG ban on alcohol sales and consumption remains in force as the autonomous region of Bougainville decides on its political future. Local police kept close watch over

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