PNG SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS ELECTIONS UNDER WAY

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Radio Australia, April 26) - In
Papua New Guinea, crucial elections for the country's southern highland's
province begin today.

The contest for six seats are a re-run of elections abandoned
last year because of widespread violence and interference.

The oil and gas rich southern highlands province is meant to
have nine seats in the national parliament, but results in six were declared
invalid during last year's general elections.

A massive security operation has put more than 2,000 police
officers and soldiers on the ground to deal with any problems.

Police Commissioner Sam Enguba is confident things will go well.

Voting starts in the Koroba, Lake Kopiago electorate and
election teams will move progressively through the province over the next
fortnight.

April 28, 2003

Radio Australia:
http://www.abc.net.au/ra

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