Take PNG through elections

Mt Hagen city came to a standstill today when disciplinary forces gathered at the Queens Park to launch the election security operations.

Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari launched the commands of police, defence and CS officers who will be deployed throughout the Highlands region.

Commissioner for Police, Gari Baki when speaking to the 2000 plus officers posed a challenge and told them to take PNG through the Elections.

"This is a challenge that everyone of us will face."

Baki says it is a daunting task considering that there are a lot of issues that are affecting the security preparations leading up to the polling.

The deployment of the men and women of the joint disciplinary forces for elections is expected to hit a number of associated risks in the way they conduct their duties.

"Our roles and responsibilities are to support the electoral commission."

Baki emphasized that no police men, women, warder or soldier should take any front line whatsoever to act as and perform the role of electoral officers.

"Your role is to support and provide the security that is required.

"Nothing more and nothing less", Baki says.

He added that the troops deployed are to provide a secured environment for the men and women to go and cast their votes.

He appealed to them to do their job diligently, professionally and ethically as required by their individual organizations.

Annette Kora