13 Jul 2012

PNG police label polling peaceful

5:18 pm on 13 July 2012

Papua New Guinea police say counting is progressing peacefully in areas of the Highlands which were deemed high-risk areas for the election period.

The Commonwealth Observers group has this week commended PNG's police and military forces for ensuring peaceful polling in most parts of the country.

The polling period, originally scheduled to last two weeks, was extended to a third week.

Despite some election-related violence, mainly in the Highlands, the Police Commission has reported that the polling process has been more peaceful than previous elections.

Police in one of the high-risk provinces, Enga, say the election period has been a success compared with the previous two elections when election-related violence was rife.