7 Jul 2007

More violence reported during PNG election

8:27 am on 7 July 2007

Reports are coming in from Papua New Guinea's Highlands of alleged violent clashes between police and MPs in Enga, a week into the country's general election.

The reports say police chased an MP, Miki Kaeok, by helicopter after he allegedly tried to seize ballot boxes on polling day in the province, and also seized an semi-automatic rifle and more than 300 rounds of ammunition from the home of another MP, Mathew Siune of the National Alliance party.

The director of the anti-corruption organisation, Transparency International in PNG, Richard Kassmann, says these and other incidents are worrying.

"There have been some violent clashes in the Enga province. That is an area of concern. It is reported that they found 100 000 illegal copies of ballot papers done by a particular candidate in the western highlands."

Richard Kassmann says it is to be expected that the election result won't be fair.