“From the issuance of writs to the declaration of members-elect, the province has been trouble-free,” provincial police commander, Joseph Tabali, told Loop PNG.
However, the PPC made mention of a few law and order issues during that time, like the killing at Marmar village, Bitapaka local level government, where polling had to be deferred.
“There was also one bribery and impersonation at Duke of York Island and another impersonation at Gazelle.
“But apart from these, the entire election period was trouble-free.
“Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my security personnel, consisting of CIS, special constables, reserved police as well as regular members and field commanders for a job well done.”
He further extended his gratitude to the polling and counting officials, who have been working tirelessly throughout that period.
“I want to thank them for a fantastic job.”
Residents have also been praised for maintaining peace.
As for the two women who allegedly rigged votes during the counting of the Regional seat, PPC Tabali says an appropriate charge will be laid against them.
Local killed, polling deferred http://bit.ly/2v7JULF
ENB polls: Two arrested for impersonation http://bit.ly/2v7KgSv
Women counting officials under probe for vote rigging http://bit.ly/2v9Vd4p
(Picture courtesy of Samantha Kiene)