Joseph Tondop

Man charged over Enga mass killing

Enga Provincial Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Joseph Tondop, said the 65 year old from Aiyaka village has appeared in court and is now in CS custody.

Yak Kegai, aged 65 of Aiyaka village in Laiagam district, was being charged with one count of wilful murder.

He appeared at the Wabag District Court last week where he was arraigned and is now remanded at Baisu Prison Camp, WHP, awaiting his next hearing when court resumes in January 2019.

Jiwaka fears deferral of polls

Election Manager, Rossie Pandihau, says the commencement of polling in the Province will depend on when polling in Simbu Province has been completed.

Polling in Jiwaka Province is scheduled for June 30.

Ms Pandihau said preparations for polling are now well on track however, the delay in polling for Simbu Province might affect them as well. This is because security forces in Simbu will move to Jiwaka once polling is completed in the former.

Pandihau says they are currently doing quality checks and pre-counting the ballot papers.

​Jiwaka generally quiet

Jiwaka Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tondop, said people have become more aware and knowledgeable about the general elections compared with the past.

He said so far, apart from candidates campaigning in the province, they have not seen much activity with locals.

“Normal business continues and people have returned to their everyday routine.”

Tondop adds that with the limited resource that is available for police, he is still confident that his men will bring Jiwaka through the polling and declaration.

​Jiwaka quiet so far, reports PPC

Provincial Police Commander Joseph Tondop said this is because of the informative awareness that has been going in the province since December last year.

“We have not seen much activity with the people since nominations started,” said the PPC.

“People have gotten back to their normal everyday routine and are just waiting for polling to start.”

Tondop also raised concerns on the locations of the polling booths, where he suggested to the Electoral Commission to have them in central, populous areas that are at walking distance.