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September 18, 2021
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Joint Security Forces Operation Launched Today in Mt Hagen

Compared to the AROB and NGI launching, this is the largest joint forces security parade in the Country.

The parade also marks the launching of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary’s Communication Command Centre.

Police Commissioner, Gari Baki,had  hosted the parade and Chief Secretary Issac Lupari was the Reviewing Officer.

Heads of the three disciplinary forces including other heads of department, election managers of the seven Highlands regions including Provincial Police Commanders were present at the launching.

Baki told the parade to take pride in their uniforms and ensure the 2017 National Election does not fail.

And with the launch of the Communication Command Centre, it is boosting the RPNGC’s approach of monitoring their election operations.

Brigadier General, Gilbert Toropo told EMTV News that the PNG Defence Force has committed 500 personnel to support the Electoral Commission.

Torop says a thorough preparation, training and planning has already been done by PNGDF and deployments of soldiers have already started this week to the Highlands.

They will provide transportation which includes aircraft and ships for air and sea patrolling.

Before and after the counting, the PNG Defence Force will transport the ballot boxes to and fro the polling and counting area.CS Commissioner, Michael Waipo says that the main focus will be on the prisoners, but they will assist Mobile squad with manpower.

At least 500 personnel from the Correctional Service will be deployed to support in providing security.

Prisoners who will be eligible for voting are those in there voting age and have been living in the prison for more than nine months.

Meanwhile, Waipo says internal memo has been issued for warders to scale down on non-essential issues and focus on the election.

The 2017 National Election is fully funded by the National Government with K120 Million.

So far the Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato has been working closely with the Commander of Security forces, Gari Baki, Brigadier General, Gilbert Toropo, and Correctional Service Commander, Michael Waipo.

Gamato says the launching is a strong and positive indication of support from the three disciplinary forces for this coming election.

The election operations have already started but today’s launching officially signifies the joint security operations for the National elections.

The heads of the disciplinary forces and the Electoral Commissioner are confident that the 2017 National Elections will be successful.

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