Manning on national ballot security

POLICE Commissioner David Manning has appealed to the public for their support and cooperation in organizing the 2022 national general election.

News from across the country was mixed with some reporting calm and peaceful polls while others reported instances of attempted hijacking of the electoral process as reported in Hela and Enga province.

“This is a test for all of us. We don’t have the luxury or the ability to give up,” he told members of the security forces.

“Rest assured that we are doing our best to maintain the electoral process. We have many men and women who believe in our country and who are committed patriotic Papua New Guineans.

“We will continue and fill in the aspects of electoral operations that have failed or are failing. Trust each other, support each other and put our faith in God our Father.

James Marape was declared an elected member of Tari-Pori last week. The counting for Hela continues today.

Acting Hela-CIP PPC Robin Bore reported that so far there have been no issues regarding counting at Hela.

The PPC’s Southern Highlands Provincial Chief Inspector Daniel Yangen said the province was ready for the ballot today.

PPC WHP Superintendent John Sagom said the province’s security forces were ready for polling scheduled for yesterday, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Rotation teams will be inserted into 334 polling areas.

PPC Chimbu Superintendent David Warap said his province was also ready for the poll. They have QRF units, a mobile squad and a PNGDF platoon monitoring the situation pending the poll on Friday July 15.

He is satisfied with the manpower capacity which he said was sufficient to insert 200 men in each of the constituencies to cover the polling areas.

On the Border Command side, Deputy Commissioner Peter Philips is pleased with the security arrangements in his command so far.

PPC South & North Fly Chief Inspector Silva Sika said polling in Western Province started last Tuesday and is progressing well.

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