Kandep by-election campaigns going smoothly

National, Normal


CAMPAIGNING for the by-election in Kandep district, Enga province, is proceeding peacefully without any major problems by the candidates and their supporters, Snr Const Ben Taro of Kandep police station said yesterday.
Snr Const Taro said that since the National Court ordered a by-election for Kandep open seat, the people had accepted the decision to go for the election and decided not to cause any problem relating to it.
He said there ias no election related violence in the district and people were living their normal lives without any fear of being threatened by supporters of candidates.
Snr Const Taro said police were educating the people to continue to maintain peace and protect government services until a new MP was elected.
He praised supporters of former MP and minister Don Polye for respecting the court decision for a by-election.
He said police in the district believed that this election would be conducted peacefully.
Snr Const Taro described it as a big change now of the district when the people maintained the law and order in such situation as this.
He said that candidates turned up to pay their nomination fees in an orderly fashion.
He called on the supporters not to disrupt Government services or threaten innocent people for votes but let them votes for the person of their choice.
Snr Const Taro also denied rumours of weapons being smuggled into the district from Southern Highlands province to be used for the elections.
He said police were not told of any weapons being smuggled into the district to be used for the elections and describe it as rumours.
He appealed to the people to look after other services and not take advantage of the by-elections to destroy properties but try and help police to maintain law and order.