17 May 2012

300 PNG security personnel to help with East Sepik polls

1:43 pm on 17 May 2012

More than 300 Papua New Guinea security personnel comprising police, defence and Correctional Services staff will be on duty in East Sepik during the election.

The newspaper, The National, reports the provincial police commander Chief Superintendent Joe Poma as saying an operation plan is ready and his men will be out in full force to ensure the elections are conducted peacefully.

Mr Poma says polling teams in the six districts of East Sepik would be accompanied by guards.

Additionally six support units, comprising members of the police mobile squad and defence personnel, will be on standby in each district.

He says police auxiliary staff and reservists will also be fully utilised and anyone caught causing trouble during the election period will face the full force of the law.