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    INTRODUCTION: Papua-New Guinea is set for an election in two months time: the first as an independent nation.

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    INTRODUCTION: Papua-New Guinea is set for an election in two months time: the first as an independent nation.

    Polling will start on June 18 and finish on July 9. Voting will be on a "first past the post" system instead of the preferential method.

    With no paid advertising allowed on radio, candidates are using posters and cassettes on public transport to get their message across. The Government is relying on a claimed record of fostering development while the Opposition says that in five years the Administration hasn't done enough either in this field or in overseas relations.

    One of the thorny problems is relations with neighbouring Indonesia -- a relationship that Prime Minister Michael Somare says is cordial and cooperative. However, Deputy Opposition Leader Paul Langro isn't so sure -- he feels the government should do more to encourage closer political ties with Papua New Guinea's giant neighbour.

    And on the border with West Irian, Papuan villagers are having to chance their lifestyles because of changing relations between the two countries.

    Indonesia isn't pleased with the number of refugees crossing the border from West Irian and apparently being aided by the ??? settle in towns and villages in the Territory.

    Residents on the border are fearful that Indonesia may retaliate with armed incursions -- and they will be the first to suffer.

    Australian Broadcasting Commission reporter Gary Scully interviewed Mr Somare and Mr Langro on the issues of the forthcoming election -- then visited the troubled border area to see how relations with Indonesia were shaping there.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8T4N074TZUXCP5IEUKPZD7HNA
    Media URN:
    VLVA8T4N074TZUXCP5IEUKPZD7HNA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:05:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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