PNG Defence Force in operation mode for 2017 Elections

“The Papua New Guinea Defence Force is ready for the 2017 National Elections and the 2018 APEC Meet.”

PNGDF Commander, Gilbert Toropo said this during the 66th Battalion Anniversary Parade at Taurama Barracks recently.

Commander Toropo says he has seen the great efforts put in by the men and women towards this profession today.

He says as PNG is heading into preparing for this year’s national elections, PNGDF has a role to play as part of one of its core tasks to support the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary in ensuring a safe and peaceful environment for the citizens of PNG.

He said the PNGDF are to make sure that citizens go to vote in the elections without fear or favour.

He adds that the parade reflects how professionally prepared and ready they are to carry out their duty for the people and government.

“One of our core tasks is to support and respect our fellow counterparts - the RPNGC - to provide a conducive environment for the elections to take place.

“We’ve also been preparing ourselves to support another one of the great events that PNG will be hosting, which is the APEC Leaders’ Summit.

“PNGDF is well on track to play their part in this great event,” Toropo adds.

Annette Kora