17 Jul 2002

Election official killed in PNG Highlands

4:37 pm on 17 July 2002

A woman election official in Papua New Guinea has been stabbed to death in the Western Highlands, bringing the number of people killed in election-related violence to more than 25.

The circumstances of her death are not clear.

Police say in another incident near Banz in the North Waghi electorate, a foreign woman was seriously injured at a roadblock set up by supporters of a candidate.

This comes amid a fresh warning in the southern highlands of rioting unless fresh elections are held.

A candidate of the People's Democratic Party in Mendi, Gabriel Kiluwa, has told the Post Courier that most people could not cast their votes during polling time.

The two-week election has already been extended, with writs now to be returned by July the 29th.