1 Jun 2012

Trawen says PNG prepared for polls

5:22 pm on 1 June 2012

Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, says the country is well prepared for the general election, three weeks out from the start of polling.

For the first time, foreign military are being deployed to PNG for the election.

The contingent of 250 army personnel from Australia and New Zealand follows a request from PNG's government.

The Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, says the request is purely for help in logistical support before and during the two weeks of polling.

He denies any suggestion that the foreign forces will be in PNG to counter election-related violence.

"Not really. It is to support us in terms of logistics, to get the security personnel up to the Highlands and up to Lae in Morobe province and also also to uplift all our logistics to various locations around the country. Despite what's happening in the political arena, I'm still confident. I'm still confident because we have prepared for this election."

Andrew Trawen