18 Jul 2007

Bougainville government considers penalties for three helicopter companies

11:08 am on 18 July 2007

Papua New Guinea's Autonomous Bougainville Government is considering penalties for three helicopter companies who decided against providing their services during the election.

Helicopter companies were needed by the PNG Electoral Commission to airlift ballot papers and election officials.

President Joseph Kabui told the Post Courier newspaper, that helicopter companies shouldn't hold the State to ransom during a crucial election period.

He said no helicopter company was directly given marching orders on Bougainville, after an earlier report stated that helicopter companies were reluctant because one of their colleagues was given their marching orders.