Port Moresby Police Chiefs Says Candidates Offered Him Bribes During NCD Elections

Despite challenges which will be fully investigated, outcome was fair: Turi

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 10, 2017) – Port Moresby police chief Superintendent Benjamin Turi has spoken frankly about being offered bribes in the national election.

Supt Turi said some candidates had even gone as far as calling him on his private number and offered bribes.

“They did try to go beyond this, calling me on the phone, and I said ‘no’, I will never change my course. I’ll be fair to everyone, and I told them to get lost,” he said.

Supt Turi’s metropolitan command covered the NCD regional seat, Moresby Northeast, Moresby Northwest and Moresby South.

He also said that a number of police officers involved in the NCD election operations had admitted that they had been offered bribes during the course of the election in NCD.

Several suspected cases will go under close scrutiny as NCD police prepare to convene a debriefing of the election security operations throughout the nation’s capital in the coming weeks.

“We will debrief after next week, but I know most police station commanders failed their duties. They never briefed their men. At most polling stations, police officers were just standing doing nothing,” Supt Turi said.

He said police were aware of several occasions where officers had been bribed to change the course of the elections.

“Big money was played during this election,” Supt Turi said.

He said regardless of the large amounts of money thrown around during the election, quick response by his operational team to change appointed officers at certain locations resulted in a fair outcome in NCD.

“Any officers found not performing their duties during the elections are expected to face disciplinary action after the debriefing.”

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