Western bans grog to ensure safer polls

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The National, Monday July 8th, 2013

 WESTERN imposed a ban on alcohol last Friday in a bid to ensure local level government elections in the province are conducted safely.

Western Province Liquor Licensing Board deputy chairman and provincial police commander Insp Silva Sika said the ban came into effect last Friday as a result of a special board meeting last Wednesday.

“I urge the public to respect the decision made by the board since it is in their best interest that the restrictions were made,” Sika said.

The ban on alcohol sale will be lifted on September 1 when the return of electoral writs will take place.

The restriction applies to all alcohol outlets, retailers, wholesalers and clubs that sell alcoholic beverages.

The sale will be limited to guests in lodges to be served only with food and club members.

Sika urged alcohol sellers to be aware his men would arrest those breaching the ban as notices had been placed in the four major centres of Balimo, Kiunga, Daru and Tabubil.

“Police will monitor closely all the places and those who breach the restriction will be penalised.

“I appeal to the general public to refrain from venturing into illegal means of taking alcohol such the making of homebrew and steam,” Sika said

“My men will not hesitate to arrest those involved in black market sales in the province.

“I have been approached by leaders who have advised me to execute the alcohol restriction as it will ensure that the people think wisely to ensure that they vote for the right leaders.”