4 Jul 2007

PNG election security force moves on highlands circuit

1:38 pm on 4 July 2007

Most of the security force watching over the electoral process in Papua New Guinea is now in Enga province after the completion of voting in Southern Highlands.

Voting in Enga is expected to finish later today after which hundreds of security personnel will move to Western Highlands province where the polls are due to open on Friday.

The police media spokesperson, Superintendent Dominic Kakas, says the vote in Southern Highlands was largely peaceful.

"There were a lot of people predicting that it was not going to be a good outcome. But I think the people there surprised everyone and the voting generally throughout the entire Southern Highlands province was peaceful. There were one or two minor incidents but, as I mentioned, they were manageable incidents."

Superintendent Kakas says the count is now due to begin in Southern Highlands.