2 dead, several injured in POM clash

The incident was allegedly instigated by a woman vendor at one of the community markets just near the settlement.

The clash started yesterday and is still ongoing between two communities from Mt Hagen and Pangia.

Police are now at the scene as situation is very tense, while the two sides are armed with dangerous weapons.

Gerehu police station commander, Robert Kurei, confirmed with TVWAN that two were killed yesterday while a number of injuries have been reported.

The deceased are from Pangia, Southern Highlands Province.

Polling to begin in Pangia today

The polling was deferred from Friday to Saturday but then further deferred to today.

According to the Returning Officer Michael Ariando, they have to go through ballot papers and do quality checks before dispatching to polling venues.

As of Saturday afternoon, ballot boxes have been dispatched to various polling venues including Pangia.

Ariando is confident to complete all polling today.

Meanwhile, Jiwaka Province had also deferred their polling to Monday.

More updates to come.

Prime Minister nominates in Pangia

A huge crowd turned out to witness this event with one council ward paying the Prime Minister’s nomination fee of K1,000.

He was accompanied by his son, Brian O’Neill, Finance Minister and Member for Tari Pori, James Marape, Health Minister and Member for Moresby North West Michael Malabag, Kagua-Erave MP, James Lagea, Nipa-Kutubu Mp, Jeffery Komal, Member for Mendi, De Kewanu and Member for Dei, Wesley Nukundj.