A ban on the sale of cheap alcohol products is being considered by relevant authorities in light of the upcoming 2022 National General Elections activities.
Police Minister William Onglo made mention of this in Parliament recently following concerns raised by Goroka MP Aiye Tambua on the effect these alcohol have on youths around the time of election.
Tambua said in the Highlands provinces, the issue of youths buying and consuming cheap alcohol products has been an ongoing issue.
“Can we have a ban in place during the election period so that youths cannot afford these cheap alcohol products and cause issues during elections?” Mr Tambua asked.
Minister Onglo in response said discussions are ongoing at this time on the issue between provincial governments and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
“Heading towards the election, we’ll come up with a list of certain provinces that are considered volatile and will put in place a ban on the sale of these cheap alcohol products in those provinces.”