Bougainvilleans will begin voting tomorrow in an historic referendum to decide if they want independence from Papua New Guinea. Over a two week period they will be taking part in vote on whether to become independent or to settle for…

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalistjohnny.blades@rnz.co.nz Polling for Bougainville’s independence referendum gets underway today. The autonomous Papua New Guinea region’s non-binding referendum is the ultimate provision of 2001’s Peace Agreement which formally ended hostilities in Bougainville’s civil war. Bougainvilleans have entered into…