The National, Monday August 5th, 2013
By PETER ESOP WARI
POLICE have attributed the peaceful local level government elections in the Komo-Margarima district in Hela to MP Francis Potape.
Hela provincial police commander Supt Jimmy Onopia conducted an awareness campaign in the district before the elections, which helped in the peaceful conduct of polling.
Ondopia said Potape also gave police K100,000 to meet the allowances of officers providing security.
Potape personally visited all the wards in his electorate, telling the people to have a free, fair and safe election, Onopia said.
He said the elections in the Komo LLG were the best ever. He said the people listened to Potape’s advice and maintained peace throughout.
“The only problem experienced was the tampering of two ballot boxes in the most remote part of the LLG,” Onopia said.
He said police were there to protect properties, lives and enforce the law.
He said the only major problem police faced was the lack of vehicles and manpower to make their work easier.
He appealed to other Hela Parliamentarians to help the work of police.
Onopia thanked defence force soldiers in the province for supporting police operations in the province during the LLG elections.
He said after the Hulia LLG, polling would move to upper and lower Wage and central Margarima.