National Capital District (NCD)

POM gears up for 46th independence

He said NCDC has already dressed the city’s street light poles along selected major roads in the city with the National Flag.

“Despite the limitation and challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city, we must be reminded to remain united as one city and one people with one future to celebrate our resilience, celebrate our pride and significance of our national sovereignty of our city of 1000 tribes.

Settlers gather outside stadium for NCD launch

To be officially launched by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, the settlers this morning walked from Eight-Mile to the stadium to witness the event.

Andy Waribi, a leader from the Eight-Mile settlement, said this is a special day as they will be given land titles and have decent lives.

"We have many professional people in the settlement and such initiative by NCD Governor Powes Parkop is a blessing to our people."

He also acknowledged the effort of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for recognising the people at the settlement and giving them land titles.

​NCD ready for independence celebration

NCD Governor Powes Parkop, with the support of the Board, Management and staff of the National Capital District Commission, have taken the lead again to organise various activities to commemorate this important event in the country’s political history.

“There will be a lot of fun and enjoyment for the residents of NCD as part of the celebrations for our 42nd anniversary of independence from September 15-17,” says chairman of the NCDC Independence Planning Committee Numa Alu.

​NCD counting venues

Kila Kila Secondary School, Sir John Guise Stadium and Rita Flynn Courts will be the venues.

The PNG Electoral Commission released the counting venues today.

All ballot boxes for the Moresby South Electorate will be counted at the secondary school.

Counting for Moresby North-East will be at the Sir John Guise stadium while the Rita Flynn Courts will be used for the NCD Regional Seat counting as well as Moresby North-West.

Rita Flynn gunshots alarm residents

The incident happened sometime around 11.30pm.

However, NCD metropolitan superintendent, Commander Ben Turi, says there is no need for distress.

“We were firing to disperse the crowd,” he tells Loop PNG.

“People were gathering around the area; it was overcrowded. We had to chase everyone away.”

This happened after NCD’s one-day polling. As electoral officials and security personnel packed up and transported the materials to the complex, vehicles loaded with people also followed suit.

Police had no choice but to resort to that tactic.

NCD polls: Security further boosted

“We will have a tight and security conscious election today,” says NCD metropolitan superintendent, Ben Turi.

“All the auxiliaries and reservists in the city will be out to stand in all polling booths.

“We will be recalling all these auxiliaries and reservists except those under NCDC.”

​Big turnout for NCD pre-count

They include polling officials, candidates’ scrutineers and supporters.

NCD Election Manager Alvin Jimmy said the pre-count was to begin at 2pm however, at this time, the venue is still closed with security personnel manning the area.

Media personnel are also waiting outside for entry into the venue.

The reconciliation of ballot papers aims to dispel rumours and suspicions of election rigging in the capital city.

NCD candidates to petition Gamato

Among those are NCD Regional candidates Andy Bawa, Jamie Maxtone Graham and Moresby North-East candidate John Kaupa.

They are intending to give a second petition to Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato. The reason behind this activity is yet to be determined.

Commissioner Gamato is now meeting with them.

More updates to follow.

​Officials convoying back to EC headquarters

This also includes disgruntled voters, who lined up in front to demand answers as to why polling was called off in NCD.

Tension is seen to be very high around the Boroko area at the moment as police vehicles are escorting all officials back to the EC head office.

Many disgruntled voters and candidates are very unhappy about the turnout of events in the nation's capital and are demanding answers from officials.

More and more people are gathering and police presence is seen to be more active now, to control and escort officials to bring in the polling materials.

​Confusion at NCD polling sites

Some polling officials are not aware of the decisions made to defer polling.

Team 3 and 4 of Moresby North-East, stationed at Three-Mile, set up at 9:30am.

The officials confirmed polling materials on site but no word yet from the authorities.

A few police personnel were on site.

In the meantime, people who have gathered at polling sites are being advised to wait for official notice.

In the case of box 5, voting commenced at 9am but had to close by 10 upon word of deferral.