18 Mar 2011

PNG police ask government for millions for general election preparations

2:28 pm on 18 March 2011

Papua New Guinea police are asking for an additional 45 million US dollars to fund operations surrounding the next general election.

The poll is not scheduled until July 2012 but police will begin pre-election activity from June this year when the Electoral Commission's awareness programmes start.

The acting commissioner, Anthony Wagambie, has told a police conference on election preparations that there're bound to be problems during the 2012 poll but proper and advanced planning will help overcome these.

He says the planning is aimed at coming up with a budget for the Government's early consideration.

It allows for the higher cost of fuel, staff allowances, rental accommodation, and the purchase of such items as robust patrol cars, firearms, ammunition, boats and uniforms.