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Papua New Guinea Police need about K10 million (US$3.1 million) before the issue of writs in April to kick start their security operations for the 2017 National Election.
The 2017 National Security Election have K221 million (US$69 million) allocated for 10,000 security personnel to start next month and end in September, after the formation of government.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki said on Wednesday that they initially asked for K35 million (US$11 million) mobilisation funds and about K235 million (US$73 million) to conduct security for the 2017 National Election.
But the allocation was cut down to K221 million which Baki said was acceptable to run the security operation.
He said they still had not received the requested budget of K10 million, adding that his men (police) had already started moving to provinces to prepare for the election.
A total of 10,600 personnel from Police, PNG Defence Force and Correctional Services would be deployed for election security operations in 2017.
Baki said the nationwide pre-deployment of security force personnel would start on March 18 and end in August 2017 after the election.
He said election security had been decentralised to regions unlike in previous elections and regional commanders would take charge of security operations in their respective regions.
Baki said that there would be no movement of security personnel from the coastal regions and provinces to the Highlands and vice versa.
“Responsibility now goes back to our people. If we want to fail elections and then it’s all up to you the people,” he said.
He said the Highlands region will be divided into two commands - the Eastern End which comprises Hela, Southern Highlands and Enga while the Western End comprises Western Highlands, Jiwaka, Chimbu and Eastern Highlands provinces.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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