Wagambie commended the scrutineers, who have been the eyes and ears for candidates, and further extended his gratitude to the provincial election manager for his guidance and foresight.
He acknowledged the leadership of the returning officers and assistant returning officers.
“With their wealth of experience, they led this event well and all the presiding officers and those who took part as volunteers in the polling and counting have done well,” he stated.
The rank and file of the security forces, which comprised of police, PNG Defence Force and Correctional Service, were also thanked for their disciplined and tireless efforts in ensuring that transparency and fair play were maintained.
“My officers, non-commissioned officers and rank and file; you have something to be proud of and you have carried out your Constitutional role without fear or favour,” said Wagambie Jnr.
“You have allowed our people to exercise their rights at the polls to vote in their leaders, who are our leaders.”
He further thanked the general public and residents for their behaviour which enabled a generally peaceful period.
“We all must remember that we live in one community and violence during this one off occasion of elections is not good for all of us. We must learn to live together harmoniously. Accept any duly elected leader. If that leader does not perform within the five years, you have all the power at your fingertip in the next election.
“I look forward to working closely with our newly elected Members of Parliament to roll out some of our policing plans in Lae to ensure we provide a safer community for all to live in,” he adds.