NEWS DESK | Radio New Zealand. 1282. Bougainville sits in the same island chain as Solomon Islands, despite being part of PNG. This has also been evident for the 2020 Bougainville polls, including efforts to make sure the ballot papers get there. Referendum is one of the pillars of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA). The 2001 peace agreement called for a referendum prior to 2020. Bougainville has a young population: some 40% are under the age of 15. The astounding Bougainville vote for independence in November 2019 would not have come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about Bougainville's history with PNG and their colonial master, Australia, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. "On my side, we will push hard for independence, because that is the key issue on Bougainville." The JSB meeting, which was to initiate consultations on the independence referendum, was called … China’s interest in Bougainville For the broader region, an independent Bougainville has a number of implications. And to also ask you to do your part as we walk together the journey towards independence. Procedure. Toroama sets sights on Bougainville independence 24 September 2020. The election was delayed by … BOUGAINVILLE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT 2020 has 9,253 members. Bougainville: The World’s Next Country? Bougainville backs independence from Papua New Guinea South Pacific region votes overwhelmingly in non-binding referendum that could create world’s newest nation. November 10, 2020 An Altamar podcast interview with Shane McLeod Research Fellow of The Lowy Institute’s Australia-PNG Network People queue to vote at a polling station in the capital city Buka, Bougainville, in a historical independence vote … But the region’s primary students fall below the national averages in student performance for numeracy, literacy and writing. September 28, 2020 Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, ... Bougainville is aiming for independence and elected a president who shares that ambition. https://www.polgeonow.com/2020/05/is-bougainville-country-now.html More than 181,000 people voted in the independence referendum in Bougainville, a group of islands that sit on one of the world's largest copper mines, off … A vehicle flying a Bougainville flag drives by during a non-binding independence referendum in Arawa on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville, on Nov. 26, 2019. In the war on Bougainville (1988–98) up to 20,000 people died. Bougainville. Preparations and campaigning for the presidential election in Papua New Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville have restarted. An online campaigning page for Bougainville Independence by ordinarily and patriot Bougainvilleans and friends of Bougainville. 11 Dec 2019 We started the year with the excitement of the 98% Referendum result, without any complaints lodged within the prescribed 40-day period. The peace deal also said Bougainville could hold an independence referendum by mid-2020. Bougainville president-elect Ishmael Toroama. AUCKLAND - Former commander of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, Ishmael Toroama, yesterday won a clear majority to take over the presidency of Bougainville. My people of Bougainville, 2020 has been both very exciting and challenging. In November–December last year, a referendum was held on independence, mandated under the 2001 Bougainville Peace Agreement. ... Matbob told Belinda Kora on ABC's Wantok that her priority is to pursue independence for Bougainville and deliver health and education to the people of Ioro. Toroama told ABC radio’s Pacific Beat how honoured he was to be elected as the new President of Bougainville: "We have to fulfill the dreams and the vision of why we fought. NEWS DESK | Radio New Zealand. Bougainville's leader has taken issue with claims that the recent trip to Port Moresby for the Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) was a waste of money. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is now set to gain independence within the two years under the terms of agreements to which not only PNG and Bougainville are parties, but also Australia and New Zealand. Issue . In December 2019, Bougainville voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence from Papua New Guinea. Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama has challenged the people to be ready to embrace the responsibility of AROB’s journey to independence. The first ballot box to be used in Bougainville's independence referendum is unlocked in Buka at the start of polling, 23 November 2019. 2000 peace agreement sets 2020 deadline for independence poll. The long-awaited Bougainville independence referendum, scheduled for November 2019, has just occurred. In Brief 2020/30 Voter Experiences during Bougainville’s 2019 Independence Referendum Steven Kolova This In Brief sets out the results of the independence referendum in Bougainville, held between 23 November and 7 December 2019, and presents the findings of research undertaken on a range of administrative irregularities and Momentum for Bougainville to secede from Papua New Guinea grew as PNG itself declared independence from Australia in 1975, while retaining the Queen as its monarch. But that doesn't mean Bougainville will be an independent state any time soon. BBC. Implications of independence for Bouganville: An independent Bougainville sends a strong signal for other self-determination movements across the Pacific, including in New Caledonia which will hold a second referendum for independence in 2020. President Toroama made the statement at the Yumi Wan festival to complete the 2020 ABG general elections leaders … A non-binding independence referendum was held in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, between 23 November and 7 December 2019.The referendum question was a choice between greater autonomy within Papua New Guinea and full independence, voters voted overwhelmingly (98.31%) for independence. The decision on Bougainville’s independence would also need to be ratified by the PNG Parliament. The votes were cast, and 98% were in favor of independence. The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) formally wound up operations in accordance with its Charter on 31 May 2020. The official line is a variant on “not wanting to be seen to interfere in an internal matter”. This site remains as an archive of all BRC public information regarding the conduct of the Bougainville referendum. Wed 23 Sep 2020 00.42 EDT. Buka ferry crossing (madlemurs /Flickr) Yet when it comes to progressing consultation, international players are coy. Bougainville's independence vote was the cornerstone of a 2001 peace agreement which followed a decade-long war between Bougainville rebels, Papua New Guinea security forces and foreign mercenaries that left up to 20,000 people dead. The BPA declares that in the Constitution of the Papua New Guinea National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB) is guaranteed a referendum on Bougainville’s political future to be held amongst Bougainvilleans 10-15 years after the establishment … AFP 9/23/2020. 2019 Bougainville independence referendum. #Bougainville #PapuaNewGuinea #Referendum Footage used in this video courtesy of Skyborne Visions LLC, check them out! Toroama sets sights on Bougainville independence 24 September 2020. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades People of the autonomous Papua New Guinea region voted in a non-binding referendum on possible independence late last year. Couple says they faced discrimination in home appraisal because of wife's race ... Bougainville's independence vote was the cornerstone of a … AUCKLAND - Former commander of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, Ishmael Toroama, yesterday won a clear majority to take over the presidency of Bougainville. September 23, 2020. Bougainville's path to independence. Bougainville (/ ˈ b oʊ ɡ ən v ɪ l / BOH-gən-vil; Tok Pisin: Bogenvil), officially the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, is an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea.The largest island is Bougainville Island, while the region also includes Buka Island and a number of outlying islands and atolls. It is hosted by the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea as a record of an historic national event. Bougainville president-elect Ishmael Toroama. The results of Bougainville's independence referendum are set to be announced Wednesday -- with the troubled Pacific islands expected to resoundingly back the …