PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 5) - Candidates in the National Capital District have reportedly given out large amounts of money in settlements in the city. Candidates starting Wednesday this week, two days before polling allegedly distributed the money around the settlements. Polling in NCD starts today and ends tomorrow. This was evident and the Post-Courier also witnessed different vehicles driving in and out of a settlement in the Nine Mile area outside Port Moresby on Wednesday night allegedly dropping off large amounts of money by both regional and open candidates.

A campaign manager of a candidate told the Post-Courier this week he had distributed some money to potential voters of the candidate. When asked whether the money was to bribe voters, the election manager said it was not bribery money.

"It is not bribery money, we are giving the money to stop the voters from going to other candidates who may bribe them with money," the campaign manager said. "We know who our potential voters and supporters are so we are giving them the money to solidify their support for the candidate," the campaign manager said.

The Post-Courier discovered on Wednesday night alone five different candidates, including regional candidates, dropped off huge amounts of money in that particular settlement. People were still waiting for their candidates to come with money as late as 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. the next day.

The campaign manager said Wednesday and last nights were the crucial times when candidates were playing with a lot of cash among their potential voters in fear of them being bought off by their rivals.

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