PNG police introduce fairness monitoring for Goroka election

Polling station in Bulolo District, Papua New Guinea national election 2017. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Papua New Guinea police are applying new measures to monitor the fairness of voting in the Goroka by-election.

Polling began today for the long-delayed by-election triggered after a petition against incumbent MP Henry Ame’s (arm-eh) victory in the 2017 general election.

Members of the police hierachy have convereged on Goroka for polling.

As part of efforts to ensure the vote is free and fair, Police Minister Bryan Kramer announced the use of cameras at polling stations

“So that camera will be fixed for the police that will be stationed there to man it. And it will capture the entire polling locations.

“So if there’s any incident of any voter violence or attempts to rig the election or people trying to vote as a ‘block vote’, this camera will capture.”

Kramer said voting stations would also offer separate polling lanes for women.

Additionally, he said measures were in place to ensure against voters being able to use lemon or bleach to remove the mandatory ink mark on their finger and double-vote.

 

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