THE 2017 elections in the Highlands of PNG has been generally peaceful and quiet apart from some incidences which show people expressing their frustration against the ruling PNC Party.
In Enga province, police manpower had to be called in to escort party Leader O'Neill and his new party man Governor Ipatas to enter the Lagaip Porgera electorate to launch some projects.
In Southern Highlands, people rampaged in Mendi town against PNC Candidate William Powi stoning his vehicles and damaging the K3 million public toilet. Billboards displaying pictures of Powi and Party Leader O'Neill were also destroyed in the rampage.
The latest incidents happened in Simbu Province starting with the destruction of campaign vehicles and property belonging to Kerowagi sitting MP Camilus Dangima.
The latest incidents have seen the stoning and damage to vehicles belonging to Kundiawa Gembogl MP Tobias Kulang. Also, it is reported that Gumine MP and Education Minister Nick Kuman was prevented from campaigning and putting up his posters in his electorate so he has only put them up in town.
It is also alleged that another PNC Candidate and Governor Noah Kool has not used the official PNC poster but chose instead to use a personalised poster. This is because of the general rejection of PNC in Simbu province.
It is unfortunate that such incidents are happening but voters are urged to direct their anger and frustration in the proper manner and reject PNC at the ballot box, not through violence.
Let's hope and pray the rest of the campaign and election period proceed smoothly without any more violence and intimidation.
Source: PNG News
|PNC billboards destroyed in Mendi town.|
|Vehicle belong to PNC candidate stoned in Simbu.|