11 Jul 2007

PNG police rotation planned for vote counting

5:58 pm on 11 July 2007

Papua New Guinea police are considering replacing local police with officers from other regions during the counting of votes cast in the national elections.

Police spokesperson, Superintendent Dominic Kakas, says some people have raised concerns that in past elections, some local police have compromised themselves.

"That is the feeling of the public, so we are trying our best to ensure that everything is as transparent as possible. And that means moving the local police out and getting in the police from other areas to actually supervise the security operations for the counting."

While more time is being given to ensure people in remote areas can vote, most polling has finished and the Electoral Commission says counting should be happening across the country by Saturday.

Superintendent Kakas says there will be a substantial security presence in each counting area.

He says for instance there are two police mobile squads and two army platoons in Mendi where counting has been under way for several days.