Build-up of firearms a concern, says police

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THE build-up of illegal firearms and ammunition in some parts of the highlands region in preparation for the national election is becoming a major concern for the police.
Police are calling on the public to assist them with information to help conduct raids and remove all illegal firearms before the election.
They are also asking the provincial administrators to help fund the police operations to get rid of illegal fire arms in their provinces.
These concerns were revealed during a workshop on national election planning held last week at Jiwaka Mission Resort in Jiwaka.
The workshop was organised by Highlands eastern end divisional commander and Assistant Police Commissioner Nema Mondia, and his deputy, Chief Supt Jimmy Onopia.
Police commanders from Chimbu, Jiwaka, Western highlands along with their station commanders and sectional heads attened the workshop.
The police commander of the host province, Chief Supt Joseph Tondop said the workshop was to discuss security planning to assist the Electoral Commission to conduct a safe, free and fair national election next year.
He urged the public to provide reports on the whereabouts of high powered weapons in their areas for police to take swift action.

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