The security forces in the Western Highlands province are ready for polling on Wednesday 13th of July, says Provincial Police Commander Superintendent John Sagom.
Mr Sagom said the security personnel are ready and looking forward to the polling. He said the Quick Response Force comprising PNG Défense Force and Police Mobile Squad personnel and the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) should help the Western Highlands Provincial Police Command deliver a free, fair, safe and corruption free election in the province.
For the Highlands region, polling kicked off on Monday July 4 in Hela and July 7 in Enga.
For the Western Highlands Mr Sagom said they have 334 polling areas in the province. Roll-over teams coming from the Southern Highlands Province will be inserted into the respective polling sites in time for the polling next Wednesday.
Mr Sagom appealed again to the people of Western Highlands Province for their cooperation in making the election free, fair, safe and corruption free. He said this is the time the candidates must show the people their true leadership qualities in ensuring that their supporters and tribesmen do not threaten, harass, and intimidate others.
“I want all the candidates and their supporters not to cause any trouble but allow the constitutional process to take place. The security forces will ensure every citizen casts their votes freely without fear or favour,” Mr Sagom said.