James Tanis challenges Bougainville women to be proactive in Referendum campaign

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“A high turnout of voters for a referendum would produce a good and clear picture of where Bougainville is heading. I want to see every women in Bougainville cast her vote when the time comes. We  have only two years and three month left before we go to vote for our political future.

The Acting Secretary for the Department of Referendum, Veterans Affairs and Peace, Mr. James Tanis has challenged women in Bougainville to be proactive in the campaign for referendum.

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Picture above: Tanis holding breadfruits on a prolific breadfruit bearing tree like nurturing a Bougainville with a promising future.

Acting Secretary Tanis told a gathering in Arawa (picture above) recently that women have a major role to play in the march to referendum.

It is very important that all Bougainvilleans know the difference between voting in an election and voting for referendum.

Mr. Tanis explained that voting in an election is voting for a candidate whilst voting for referendum is voting for a Future.

Mr. Tanis further explained that a candidate or member can be replaced in another election, but this is not the same with referendum vote.

On referendum, Bougainvilleans will be voting for their future and it is important that we all take part in this exercise for a better outcome.

He stressed that a high turnout of voters would produce a good and clear picture of where Bougainvillea is heading.

Mr. Tanis said because of the limited time we have and the amount of awareness to be carried out, his department is turning to existing establishments like the churches, C.O.Es and Women Groups to help in bringing this message across.

The referendum vote will go ahead during this term of parliament as required law.

ABG President, John Momis has proposed 2019 to the Prime Minister as the year to hold the vote, but the exact timing is yet to be officially agreed to by both the National and ABG governments.

He said their male counterparts have already done their share in the fight and it is now up to the women to fire the last bullet when it comes to voting for referendum.

The former ABG President said this last bullet must not be fired from the barrel of a gun, but rather from the stroke of a pen when casting your vote for referendum.

He said as Manager of the awareness campaign program, he wants to see every single women of Bougainville cast her vote when the time comes.

We have only two years and three month left before we go to vote for our political future.

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