1 Sep 2008

Strong police presence in Port Vila for tomorrow's election

3:46 pm on 1 September 2008

About 120 police will be on the streets of the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila tomorrow, to provide security on election day.

About 170,000 registered voters will take part in the poll to elect a new 52-seat parliament.

Deputy Police Commissioner, Arthur Caulton, says the main job is keeping the ballot boxes safe, including holding onto the keys for them.

"We have had incidents in the past whereby ballot boxes were burnt in Tanna and we expect that similar incidents could happen, especially in Tanna and Port Vila with the new regulation involving rural voters to come to Port Vila and vote, we expect that there will be some discontent."

Arthur Caulton says so far the campaign has been relatively peaceful, although there have been a few incidents, and he hopes it will stay that way.