Learning to vote using paper ballots with photographs of candidates: The man to the left is a national election official, not from Mewun. A growing sense of inequality was the catalyst for a 1977 demonstration at the local European-owned plantation, Lamango. A thousand men, women and children surrounded the overseer's house and chanted, 'Givimbak, Givimbak!' (Give It Back!). It was one of the first successful uprisings against European control, and the plantation was returned to its Mewun owners, an important act of independence. Mewun discontent was reflected in the view that government office work looks like no work, 'Oli kaikai long pensil nomo, oli no wok!' (Those guys just eat from the pencil, they don't work.). Each voter received an envelope with small photos of every candidate inside it. Then the voter went behind a curtain, threw away all the ballots (voting photos) he or she didn't want, left his or her candidate's photo in the envelope, then sealed and put the envelope into the ballot box.
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