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September 26, 2021

Mt Hagen Back To Normal Following Election Chaos

Mt Hagen is back to normal following Tuesday&#39’s disruption to businesses inthe city.


Disgruntled supporters of a candidate for the Hagen Rural Presidential Seat blocked off several parts ofthe Highlands Highway, and also closedthe Kagamuga airport after Electoral Commissioner declaredthe LLG’s inthe province as failed.

Businesses houses were shut–down operations in fear of futher violence.


It’s allegedthe people of Yamuga Tribe blocked offthe highway using container trucks, stoppingthe normal flow of traffic. Trucks fromthe LNG Project and Porgera mine had to wait for hours. Passengers also joinedthe long cue of vehicles.


However, Police presence ensured all was in order. Western Highlands Provincial Police Commander Martin Lakari toldthe people,there were avenues to in place to addresstheir grievances and discouragedthem not to set up illegal road blocks.


A Candidate contestingthe Hagen Rural and Presidential Seat in Ward 7, Luke Mathew of Yamuga Tribe has called on Electoral Commissioner Trawen to rescind his decision as 90 percent ofthe LLG Elections have been completed.


Bet in a news conference early this week, Electoral Commissioner stood by his decision thatthe LLG Elections inthe Western Highlands Province are failed ones.


“I will not rescindthe decision on Western Highlands province. The same applies tothe ther highlands provinces,” said Trawen.


The situation onthe ground is tense as police are high on alert to monitorthe situation.


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