13 Jan 2006

Two incidents disrupt polling in Bougainville by-election

2:57 pm on 13 January 2006

Police in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville have reported two disruptions to polling in an ongoing by-election.

Balloting closes in the by-election for the Bougainville Regional seat in the national parliament on January the 21st.

The former provincial governor, John Momis, gave up his seat to run for the autonomous presidency.

The Post Courier newspaper reports thieves took a ballot box and a sum of money from polling officials at Aita in Wakunai in the north-west.

Police also dispersed a crowd of people at Boku in Siwai who attempted to disrupt the voting in the area.

The Bougainville elections manager, Reitama Taravaru, confirmed three polling teams on Buka had already completed polling.