Service providers lock SHP electoral office

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THE gate to the Southern Highlands electoral office was locked by a group of people yesterday, plus two containers containing election materials for the 2019 local level government elections.
David Epi, representing the group claiming to be service provider, said they wanted their grievances on elections addressed first before they would reopen the gate and the containers.
He said the provincial election steering committee had not said anything to them.
Attempts to get a comment from acting provincial administrator Joseph Cajestan were unsuccessful.
Brian Osil, a service provider, said problems had emerged because no proper agreement or understanding had been reached.
“Now we are all frustrated. We will never come to an agreement until and unless our grievances are addressed,” he said.
“The time for reconciliation is over. If it means failed elections in the province, so be it. The blame will be shouldered by these people,” he said.
Local level government adviser Brian Pim said the provincial administration had released K500,000 recently to the electoral office to support the LLG elections.

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