Police target election malpractice in pre-election awareness
Police in Eastern Highlands have launched their pre-election awareness campaign to target every community in the eight districts of the province. Provincial Police Commander Chief Superintendent Alex N'Drasal launched the awareness campaign in Goroka last week. N'Drasal said it was very important that the police conveyed messages to ensure a free, fair and transparent election.
"This (pre-election) awareness will inform the people of their constitutional rights. They must feel free to vote for their leaders."
N'Drasal pointed out that the people should not be suppressed, intimidated and deprived of their constitutional rights to vote in the 2017 National Election.
"Rural police station commanders in each district will be taking the responsibility of managing the awareness campaign in their respective districts," he said.
The PPC said that the pre-election awareness and other related activities leading up to the coming national general election also involved public servants, community leaders, church leaders and stakeholders in each district and ward.
N'Drasal said they would use resources like new vehicles presented to them by Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso and the recently renovated Goroka police station to conduct the pre-election awareness campaign in the province.
"Awareness will be focused on intimidation, suppression, bribery, double voting, grabbing ball papers and ballot boxes and voting at gazetted venues (polling places)," he said.