JAMES APA GUMUNO
THE Kandep people in Enga province are looking forward to go into polling next month to elect their new leader in the by-election, provincial police commander Senior Insp Albert Beli said yesterday.
Senior Insp Beli, who visits Kandep twice a week from Wabag, said yesterday that the electorate was quiet in the lead-up to the election as candidates were campaigning.
He said a tribal fight at Mumand at Marian area in West Kambia area, which claimed about 10 lives two months ago, had stopped.
Police had issued preventive orders to the leaders of the two warring tribes and ended the fight.
Senior Insp Beli thanked local councillor Buka Cep and other community leaders for taking the initiative to stop the fight without the assistance from the Government.
He also commended his policemen, led by Sgt Thomas Tepige from Highway Patrol 16, for leading his men to camp in the district and help local leaders to stop the fight and restore peace.
“The district is quiet and people are looking forward to casting their votes next month.”
Senior Insp Beli appealed to the people to maintain peace in the district and go into polls peacefully and elect their leader.
Kandep Open seat was left vacant after the court of disputed returns declared the election of former Works, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Don Pomb Polye null and void mid this year.