University of Papua New Guinea students say their protest last year played a role in informing the public ahead of the upcoming election.
It's a year since twenty students from the university's Port Moresby campus were hospitalised after police opened fire when they sought to march to parliament.
Students had been boycotting classes for almost two months, demanding Prime Minister Peter O'Neill step down to answer to fraud allegations.
The Student Representative Council which led the boycotts has since been suspended for five years.
According to a former member of the Council, Gerald Turumanu-Peni, the class boycott and student forums about fraud and the economy were not in vain.
"What we did last year will not go to waste," he said.
"We know for sure that the population of this country, at least they know what we did, what we fought for... so they will make a well-informed decision this coming polling period."
Mr Turumanu-Peni said classes had mainly returned to normal and the campus was quiet again now.
UPNG management had ruled that no political activities or campaign rallies were allowed, and was maintaining tighter control of any new student issues that arise.
Following the incident, both police and the government indicated an inquiry would be held into the circumstances around the police shootings.
There are no indications any probe had transpired.