Southern Highlands Province

​Kundu and Digaso Festival is on again!

The theme for this year’s festival is “My Song, My Dance, My Story, Saving my home for tomorrow”.

Two fun-filled days are planned to mark the 7th festival.

Exquisite traditional dances and singsing from all parts of Southern Highlands and neighbouring provinces will be showcased.

Featured over the 2 days also will be canoe racing,  contemporary performances, rich cultural activities, arts and crafts displays and demonstration of the Digaso oil and trading links between Kutubu and Kikori.

VIDEO: Festival promotes cultural practices

This year will mark the 7th year running and the organising committee has already begun securing sponsorship.


Sophie Yaruso with more 




VIDEO: Leaders call for fair count

The leaders who travelled to Port Moresby to deliver the petition said counting has been marred by the illegal conduct of unauthorized individuals which has resulted in violence and destruction.


Charmaine Poriambep with more 

SHP leaders call for boxes to be counted

The leaders, who travelled to Port Moresby to deliver the petition, said counting has been marred by the illegal conduct of unauthorised individuals, which has resulted in violence and destruction.

The leaders claim that out of 648 ballot boxes counted so far, only 462 were legally counted, 84 boxes illegally set aside, and 101 boxes counted by an illegal Returning Officer, Francis Akol, appointed by David Wakias.

The leaders called on Gamato to have the remaining 83 boxes counted and the purported 101 illegal boxes disregarded.

Court refuses to interrupt SHP counting

Candidate Joseph Kobol filed an urgent application on July 13 seeking interim injunction to stop returning officer Jacob Kurap from performing the duties and function of a Provincial Returning Officer.

Lawyer representing Kobol said the appointment of Kurap as provincial returning officer is not created by law under section 19 of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government Elections (OLNLLGE).

COUNTING: SHP’s progressive results

COUNTING: SHP’s progressive results

Ialibu-Pangia polling deferred again

Returning Officer Michael Ariando told Loop PNG that time is against them and will see how it goes in the afternoon.

However, security personnel manning the ballot boxes at Ialibu station will not allow polling to proceed for safety reasons.

Ariando said quality checks of the ballot papers took up their time.

As of 2pm today, the polling officials are still doing checks on the ballot papers.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is still at his village, Kauwo Walea, to cast his vote.

More update on TVWAN News tonight.

​Ialibu-Pangia set to poll today

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is in the district to cast his vote.

The polling was scheduled for Friday but was deferred because of late ballot boxes.

It is also understood that candidates have also presented a petition to the Returning Officer and Election Manager on Friday to defer the polls.

More update to come....

​SHP goes to polls today

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Sibron Papoto says over 1000 security personnel will be on ground, while 743 police officers will be involved in providing security to polling officials with election materials.  

Police personnel in Hela and Simbu were scheduled to make their way yesterday to Mendi, following the completion of polling in most of these areas.