20 Jun 2012

PNG's bigger political parties target poor seaside villages in capital

4:49 am on 20 June 2012

Papua New Guinea's bigger political parties have been directing their attention to the impoverished seaside villages of Port Moresby's Motu Koitabu communities as the election campaign culminates.

Motu Koitabu residents number about 18,000 and make up roughly 10 percent of the National Capital District's population.

However these villages have struggled with appalling living conditions for years in contrast to the affluent suburbs just around the coast.

A resident of Hanuabada village, Gary Taravatu, says his people have a barely functioning electricity supply and have to get their water dribbling out from a from a ground pipe.

Despite this he says the villages form the crucial voting bloc for the Moresby Northwest seat:

"This is where the number is. That's what they say. When it's elections, people rush to the Motu Koitabuan villages. In this election now, they're talking about Motu Koitabuans. Yeah it's party season."

Gary Taravatu's village yesterday hosted rallies by the PNG Party and the People's National Congress party.