Polling in the Eastern Highlands will commence tomorrow with polling officials and materials dispatched today, according to the Election Manager, Steven Gore Kaupa.
Mr. Kaupa said the polling officials for the eight districts in Eastern Highlands left this morning after distribution of the materials.
Insertion of officials for districts which have areas that are geographically challenging including Obura-Wonera and Okapa would be made by helicopter from the respective stations of Okapa and Obura after the road journey from the Eastern Highlands capital, Goroka.
Mr. Kaupa also expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming support from the Provincial Police Commander Michael Welly and his men and women for the quiet nomination and campaign period.
“I am expecting a quiet election in Eastern Highlands. We have done a lot of work. I am thankful for PPC Michael Welly and his men and women who have laid a platform where we expect a peaceful election,” Mr. Kaupa said.
The election manager said once polling is completed; all ballot boxes will be stored in containers at the National Sports Institute.
“All our security partners, the Police, Defence Force and the Correctional Services will be at the NSI and once all the ballot boxes are brought in, counting will commence.”
Counting the province is expected to commence on the 14th or 15th July and end on the 23rd or 24th of July and the writs returned on the 26th.