10, 500 security personnel for election 2017

A strong security contingent of 10,500 will be deployed nationwide to ensure the smooth running of the 2017 General Elections.

The security force will comprise of members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, the PNG Defence Force, and the Correctional Services.

Both the PNGDF and the CS will contribute 500 personnel each while the RPNG makes up the majority of the security force.

Personnel will be deployed in March to begin its intelligence gathering and surveillance programs of identified hot spot areas prone to violence during election periods. The hot spot areas covers both land and sea (piracy).

They will also begin the guns moratorium exercise, which also includes amnesty on all illegal firearm holders which they are required to surrender.

The PNGDF will also supply one CASA airplane, two military helicopters and two patrol boats.

The security arm of the Inter-Departmental Election Committee (IDEC) says it is well in advance of preparations and expects a good outcome from its operations.

They are appealing to Papua New Guineans to adhere to the rule of law and conduct the elections in a fair and safe manner.

Cedric Patjole