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Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) President John Momis reminded the media not to speculate unnecessary information when reporting the upcoming vote for referendum.
President Momis made the comment regarding media reports last Friday stating that referendum maybe postponed or deferred to a later date.
Momis said media must be very careful when reporting the upcoming referendum that will determine the political future of Bougainville particularly with regards to the referendum date.
President Momis said the Bougainville Peace Agreement is clear that the referendum must take place before Jun 15, 2020.
He added that the target date of Jun 15, 2019 was already agreed to by the National Government and ABG as a basis of something to work towards.
The target date was always going to be dependent on operational and the capacity of the Bougainville Referendum Commission to conduct the poll.
Momis said that both him and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill remained committed to ensure that the referendum takes place within the window provided by the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
President Momis said that a meeting of the Joint Supervisory Body is scheduled to take place in Port Moresby on Mar 1 and a critical issue for consideration will be determining the actual date for referendum to take place.
Momis said the meeting will be attended by the BRC chairman Bertie Ahern and is appropriate that the JSB take into account Ahern’s advise in defining the timetable moving forward.
“Therefore I am calling on the media and others not to speculate further,” said.
President Momis said the two governments will meet and a decision will be made, after that a final announcement will be made and the media will be the first ones to know.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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