National General Elections 2017: a desire to change, the ignoramus and the enlightened – a perspective from Lufa.

Papua New Guinea is only weeks from the 2017 National General Elections. 
Next crop of legislators from among thousands of men and women of all persuasions would be elected.
Whether the next parliament post 2017 elections be any better is easy to predict: highly unlikely. 
Lufa Open Electorate is anticipating a long-awaited change of guard; which probably could set solid foundations for its long and unknown journey further into the 21st century.
The business of convincing and luring voters has become an evolving art form. A difficult task too, as a consequence of the established political culture the so called tribal-politics.
Only a few so far, of long serving politicians have managed to master it.
Potential voters come in contrasting persuasions too. A broad array of categorisation befits this group.
Only two general descriptions are used here: the political ignoramus and the politically enlightened.
Firstly, the ignoramus is the biggest group. They don’t get tossed around easily by the political whirlwind that blows every election year. Rather, they chain themselves firmly to the sophistication of tribal-politics.
Herein, an oasis of satisfaction and security are guaranteed.
To win their support, a preferable approach is to get dirty with tribal politicking.
This essentially means to forgo ‘high-level’ politics. In that, discussions of policy, economy, corruption, international politics and etc should and must be limited.
It is vital to work within the established traditional social structures and systems. And a deeper understanding of the workings of tribal connections and associated customary obligations is helpful.
To work outside of these traditional setups is counterproductive and may derail one’s political aspirations.
The enlightened, on the other hand get tossed around by the so called political whirlwind.
Their desires to remain politically correct and relevant in a fluid political landscape ensures they seek and align with favourable party policies, and therefore political parties.
Political parties however, have very similar policies. Many of them are actually copies dressed in different order of wordings.
Consequently, the task of choosing a political party becomes tricky. And the disillusioned gradually descend to petty politicking and eventually find conformity with tribal-politics. 
The danger unfortunately, is this disillusioned lot’s amazing capability to twist, distort, influence and create perceptions at the village level. An unfortunate reality to say the least.
The prevalence of tribal -political culture, characterised by epic proportions of political illiteracy in Lufa is the work of this disillusioned group.
Others however, remain true to their respective journeys to seek political enlightenment. They do so at all costs, even refusing to participate in elections should tribal-politics surpress their political views.
Unbeknown to others, this small group faithfully keeps alive a political hope for Lufa. A hope to make PNG accept Lufa as an equal partner in running the affairs of PNG.
Some day soon this group would pull Lufa out of its abyss of ignorance and self inflicted coma.
When? One might ask. Perhaps in this election. Perhaps not!
It would be possible when the politically enlightened becomes strong enough to exert tangible influence over tribal-politics and consequently change perceptions.
But would the enlightened make a firm decision this year?
The need for change has never been so profound. It’s shining bright like a star. And its radiance is one of positivity.
Should the political ignoramus and the politically enlightened find common ground in the coming elections, Lufa’s change of guard is certain.
Otherwise tribal-politics would continue to maintain a stranglehold over Lufa for ages yet.


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