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June 7, 2020
Highlands News Your Vote 2017

One dead in Western Highlands Province

One man is dead, two others are severely injured and properties were destroyed and burnt down last night at the Kumdi area of Western Highlands Province.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Superintendent, Martin Lakari confirmed it was election-related, involving supporters of two candidates standing for the Mul-Baiyer Open.

PPC Lakari said the situation is currently under control, after the response unit was called in to the area.

PPC Lakari told EMTV News that police still need to confirm details of the killing.

The matter is currently under police investigation and a proper statement will be released after the investigation is completed.

Lakari said the information they have on hand, is that a man was killed and houses and animals were set alight at Kumdi in Mul-Baiyer.This is the second election-related killing in the Province.

The first happened in Tambul-Nebilyer electorate where a supporter of a candidate was alleged to have been shot dead by the supporter of a rival candidate at the Tambul station.

Report of this investigation has not been released but the Provincial Police Commander has high hopes for the people to behave during the counting.

Lakari said he is expecting some problems to happen after the declaration.

However, Western Highlands conducted peaceful polling last Friday and Saturday.

There was a roadblock set up at Nebilyer between two factions, preventing other tribes from entering the City.

The Response Unit was called in after being notified.

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