Western Highlands Province

Chimbu, WHP Polling Deferred

This has been confirmed by Chimbu Provincial Election Manager, Tom Sine Kaupa.

The deferral was made to allow ample time for preparations to be completed so that polling is conducted smoothly within the gazetted period. 

Polling for Jiwaka will be conducted today 15th July.

Kaupa added that all the ballot papers for Chimbu will be stamped and signed.
He said this is to avoid illegal practice on the ballot papers.
All polling in the country will be completed on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

WHP, Jiwaka, Goes To Polls Tomorrow

Jiwaka Provincial Election Manager, Rossie Pandihau confirmed the deferral with this newsroom today.

She clarified that the deferral was done as security personnel engaged for the province are still in Enga and Southern Highlands attending to election-related violence.

However, Ms Pandihau said polling officials for remote parts of Jiwaka have been deployed with sensitive election materials.

It will be a one day polling for both provinces. Meantime, Chimbu Province also goes to polls tomorrow.

Security Forces Set For WHP Polling

Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent John Sagom said the security personnel are ready and looking forward to the polling.

He said the Quick Response Force comprising PNG Defence Force and Police Mobile Squad personnel and the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) will help the Western Highlands Provincial Police Command to deliver a free, fair and safe election.

Over 2000 Polling Officials For WHP

Provincial Election Manager, Philip Telape confirmed the number of officials to this newsroom yesterday afternoon.

“We are arranging polling materials this week as well as numbering the ballot boxes.”

Mr Telape said only polling vests will be worn by polling officials on polling days. He added that they are also preparing the counting venues and putting up tents as per the 11 LLGs. 

“We going to count under LLGs but all to be centralized at the provincial headquarters in Hagen town, at our usual Kimininga Barracks,” he said.

Election materials arrive safely in Western Highlands

Highlands Eastern-End Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Rigga Neggi said the materials were picked up by security personnel at Kagamuga airport in Mt. Hagen and brought directly to the police barracks.

Neggi added that while security personnel are monitoring the materials, he has warned the public to keep away.

“We do not want to see anyone coming around the Kimininga Police Barracks,” said Neggi.

“You have no reason to come around unless you are a security personnel assigned to watch over election materials.

Kagamuga Airport Lighting System Installed

The new system was installed and commissioned recently under Phase 1 of the Civil Aviation Development Investment Program (CADIP).

The new Airfield Ground LED Lighting System is compliant with ICAO requirements and standards and comprises;

Impersonator told to pay up

The Waigani National Court convicted and sentenced 47-year-old Ande Joseph to four years in jail for impersonating and misappropriating K61,000.

A man described by the courts as one with multiple identities, the father-of-seven impersonated his deceased uncle between June 2015 and January 2017, to access service providers’ payments from the 2012 National Elections.

Joseph Ande presented himself as Thomas Martin with intent to defraud Westpac Bank and the Electoral Commission.

Policeman gets four years for official corruption

Probationary Constable Jonathan Kara, 27, of Kelua 2, Western Highlands Province, was sentenced on July 3 by Justice Nicholas Miviri at the Waigani National Court in Port Moresby.

Kara was found guilty under section 87 (1) and 138 (a) of the PNG Criminal Code respectively. In Feb 2017, Moses Andia, 30, of Tambul Western Highlands Province was arrested and detained at the Gordon police cells for insulting a person.

WHP’s mission to be self-reliant

Acting Provincial Administration Stanley Maip said this is the new approach the Provincial Government Team is taking now that the country is going through cash flow issues.

“Complaining and waiting is a waste of time”.

At least that’s what the Western Highlands Provincial Administration believes when it comes to delivering services.

The National Government hasn’t come good with the promised Services Improvement Program Funds and Provincial Support Grants, but this province is not complaining.

Alkena cultural centre to be promoted

This is to promote its cultural product on the world market to attract more tourists to visit the site. 

Since 2014, 155 international tourists had visited the site.

This was revealed by Jacinta Tai, coordinator of culture from the Division of Commerce,Tourism and Culture – WHPA recently when accompanying 6 tourists from France to the site. 

The cultural centre was formed in 2015 however, due to its unique cultural performances and scenic sites, the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority has decided to market the centre to the world.