The National, Tuesday July 2nd, 2013
POLICE in Minj have reported peaceful campaigning for local level government elections in the Anglimp-South Waghi electorate of Jiwaka.
Snr Sgt Michael Kauba yesterday said the candidates and their supporters were seen moving around freely to campaign.
He said there had been no election-related problems and the people had shown maturity and respect for others.
“I want to commend the people, especially the candidates and their supporters, for the peaceful campaigning and I hope it continues during polling, counting and declaration of the results,” he said.
Kauba said police had conducted awareness campaigns about a peaceful council election at public places and that had contributed to the peace so far.
He said police wanted peace and harmony during the campaign period and they were checking vehicles for overloading, offensive weapons and unroadworthy vehicles carrying passengers or supporters.
Kauba said drivers seen breaching traffic rules would be arrested and charged accordingly.
He warned that candidates or their supporters bribing or threatening voters would also be arrested.
He appealed to candidates not to use abusive language.
“I want to urge the candidates contesting for ward councillor or president seats to respect the democratic rights of the people; don’t try to get power by force,” said Kauba.