The death toll in Papua New Guinea's general election has risen to nine after police confirmed seven more deaths in the Highland provinces.
The elections, which began more than a week ago, have been marred by violence, stolen ballot boxes, multiple voting and incomplete electoral rolls.
Voting is due to continue throughout this week and police and election officials have been quoted in local newspapers saying they fear more violence between supporters of rival candidates.
In one of the latest clashes in the Eastern Highlands, houses were destroyed and fighting between opposing groups continued throughout the weekend.
The Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta has called for an end to the violence and many candidates and voters have called for the poll to be declared null and void with thousands unable to vote due to incomplete electoral rolls and logistical problems.
Election officials have also reported several ballot boxes stolen and people voting two and three times after using bleach to remove ink marks from their hands after casting a ballot.
The National newspaper said police yesterday raided the Port Moresby home of a candidate from Sir Mekere's People's Democratic Party and confiscated two ballot boxes.
A final result is not expected for about a month.