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Subject: One confirmed death in Enga polls

Malipine Onotange
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Date Posted: Sat, Jul 07 2007, 12:47:34am

John Pundari is supposedly the instigator of the following incident. Aiemates pooling boot is John Punari's home ground in Meraimanda were all these balot boxes supposed to be air lifted to Wali talaua constituency (Peter Komiti and Rex Neapukali Kemben's stronghold pooling boot have been allegedly diverted to John Pundari's home ground for corrupt dealings. Alukul, Kaimanda, Keman and Kaimas aren’t event close to Meraimanda and John Pundari wouldn’t even scored a single vote from those pooling boots. WTF is wrong with this bastard? He’s acts are disgusting!

From http://www.thenational.com.pg/070607/nation2.htm

One confirmed death in Enga polls

ONE man is dead, two others are injured and a district returning officer is on the run in Enga as polling winds down in the province.
The death and injuries were confirmed by Enga election manager Henry Kyakas yesterday.
He said this was the only report of a death and injuries during polling in the province.
According to reports obtained by The National, the death and injures occurred in a shooting incident at the Ambum-Kompiam electorate.
Reports said ballot boxes for the Alukul, Kaimanda, Keman and Kaimas areas being airlifted by helicopter, were diverted to Aiametes.
The reports said when the voting was in progress, voters from the areas where the ballot boxes and papers were designated, came to demand their return.
“They were fired upon by the supporters of the candidate from that area,” an eyewitness said.
“One man was killed and two were injured.”
Mr Kyakas said the death and injuries had occurred because one of his election managers had taken bribes from a candidate.
“I have put the word out for his arrest,” he said.
“Police are now hunting for the officer.”
Mr Kyakas also reported that members of a polling team fled for their lives when a candidate and armed supporters raided a polling area and took a ballot box containing 1,500 votes.
He said the team that went to Aipandu fled for their lives after they were fired upon by the candidate and his armed men.
“The ballot box with the papers had been burnt,” he said.
Apart from these two incidents, polling in Enga ended smoothly and the counting of votes should commence today.
Mr Kyakas said a helicopter would be sent to Laiagam to airlift all the ballot boxes to Wabag, where all the counting would take place.
He said this was the first time Enga had experienced peaceful polling and thanked everyone involved in making it happen.
Mr Kyakas attributed the peaceful polling to the limited preferential voting system introduced in this polling.

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Date Posted: Sat, Jul 07 2007, 04:57:39pm


Ex-MP's son killed in PNG poll violence
7th July 2007, 13:17 WST

A policeman is in custody after allegedly shooting dead the son of a former MP during an election-related clash in Papua New Guinea's Highlands.

Police have also seized high-powered firearms and detained 18 men for firearms offences as polling continues across the region.

But police said polling in the country of just over six million people had been largely peaceful compared to the violence-wracked 2002 election.

Police spokesman David Terry said a police officer had been suspended and was in custody while police investigated the shooting death of a man in his early 20s at Kandep in Enga Province on Wednesday.

The man was the son of a former MP from the district, he said.

Kandep is in the electorate of Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye who was allegedly shot at with a pistol by rival candidate Peter Mision at a rally in the town on June 9.

Mision was charged following the incident and released on bail.

Around 2,000 extra police, soldiers and prison officers have been deployed to the Highlands to provide security during the elections.

Police want to prevent a repeat of the widespread violence and vote rigging that marred the 2002 poll.

An estimated 100 people were killed in election-related violence that year.

Deputy Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki said security forces had maintained road blocks and patrolled in force to catch or deter opportunists and criminal elements who might disrupt the poll.

"Credit should go to the security forces who are working hard to ensure the people of this country go to the polls in a free and fair environment," he said.

Terry said police seized two high-powered firearms, an M-16 and an SLR, and arrested 15 young men following a car chase near Keltiga, the home village of Western Highlands Governor Paias Wingti.

Another two men were arrested in Mt Hagen after a sniper's rifle was found in their vehicle following a chase by soldiers and police, he said.

A Magnum pistol and a homemade pistol were also seized in the province and one man arrested for possession of an illegal firearm.

"The gun seizures and arrests showed the effectiveness of the security operation," Terry said.

Police have responded to several incidents of hijackings or attempted hijackings of ballot boxes since the 11-day polling period began on June 30.

In Enga on Tuesday, police chased Wapanamenda MP Miki Kaeok by helicopter and questioned him after he and his supporters allegedly tried to take ballot boxes from a treasury building.

At Kundiawa in Chimbu Province, police seized a semi-automatic weapon and ammunition from the house of former Agriculture Minister Mathew Siune who could face charges, police said.

Polling in PNG continues until Tuesday.


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