Sunday, June 24, 2012
Specter of failed elections loom in Hela
Various sources on social media site Facebook have raised the specter of a failed election in the newly established Hela Province. Hela contains the $ 15 Billion dollar PNG LNG project run by Exxon Mobil and partners.
A candidate for Tari-Pori electorate in Hela has been accused of bribing electoral officials and security forces to assist in stuffing ballot boxes.
Police Spokesperson Dominic Kakas has cautioned people about spreading rumors of a failed election in Hela Province.
"Please I repeat myself for the sake of our country let us not pass our ignorance or bias to the public. I heard in Port Moresby that Hon James Marabe was caught with two filled ballot boxes and guns and ammunitions. I flew into Tari yesterday (Saturday June 23) at about 11.30am with Police Legal Director Chief Superintendent Nicholas Miviri and Director Communications Chief Superintendent Win Jipris. We were met by Commander of Hela Security operations Assiatant Commissioner Thomas Eluh and Hela PPC Superintendent Jimmy Onopia who assured us that no such thing happened. Journalist Andrew Alphonse told us that the rumors doing the rounds in Tari was six (6) ballot boxes. Again, I would caution people against such accusations. Having Being involved in two national elections I am inclined to believe that it is impossible for anyone candidate to bribe even 100 members of the Police, Defence and Electoral Commission officials. All eyes are watching!"
Mr Kakas stated on Facebook
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that:
"There are 4.6m people registered to vote, and 3,428 candidates vying for 109 parliamentary seats, with no single political party likely to win enough seats to form a government on its own.
There are 4,700 polling stations, 1,700 of which are so remote that they are only accessible by air."
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