300 PNGDF personnel withdraw from security operations

Three hundred Papua New Guinea Defence Force personnel from the Joint Task Force 1 will be withdrawing from the security operations in the Highlands region this week.

The first group left Mt Hagen on Thursday while the remaining will leave today.

Farewelling the first contingent of soldiers yesterday, Joint Task Force 1 Operation Commander, Major Adrian Soti said he was pleased with the overall performance for his team during the polling in the Highlands region.

He described the polling in the highlands region as peaceful and not as violent as compared to the previous elections.

Major Soti added that although there are challenges faced by his team in regards to financial constraints, his team was committed and completed the polling operations on track.

For the remainder of the elections operations there will be 200 PNGDF personnel left on ground to provide security operations for the counting period in the Highlands region.

More updates later on TVWan News….

Freddy Mou