Everyone has been talking about the upcoming Autonomous Bougainville Government elections. Radio, newspapers, general discussions at the kai bar and sitting around under a tree have all been full of opinions, reports and theories.

With the issue of writs a few days ago it is now all full steam ahead as candidates register themselves and begin the official period of campaigning for their various seats.

Numerous convoys of cars and attending supporters on foot have filed through into Buka town over the last few working days. Everything is covered in bilas, and town is full of the sound of panpipes and singing as various groups stake their claim. No doubt the regional centres are also full of similar displays.

Some interesting months are ahead.

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