More and more corruption stories about the electionJune 29 2012 at 5:01 PM
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Friday 29th June, 2012
Claims against Parkop denied
By Melissa Martin
NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop last night denied allegations of being involved with police who are said to have tried to hijack ballot boxes for the Moresby South – Regional seat.
Mr Parkop explained that the Reserve Police unit under the spotlight was sanctioned by the Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga before the end of last year to assist NCD Police in NCD to fight lawlessness in the city.
His response comes after Ambassador Aiwa Olmi and candidate for the Regional seat alleged that a police officer (named), attached to National Capital District Commission allegedly led city rangers and a band of reserve police officers to work with him to manipulate the election process by conduction illegal police force operations in the province.
Claiming to be speaking on behalf of the other 25 candidates, Mr Olmi said the police officer was originally from the drug squad in NCD who was employed by the NCD Governor Powes Parkop five years ago as his security.
But Mr Parkop denied the allegations made by Mr Olmi, saying this would tarnish the good work performed by these police unit in the city and added that they had been very active during the Christmas festive season.
“The unit has also been very active during Christmas and the political impasse recently and have performed very well,” Mr Parkop said last night.
“They get orders from the NCD Police Commissioner and not from me or the city manager. I am not aware of any illegal activities being carried out by them. Their job is to back up regular police force in carrying out their police normal duties and is not here to protect anyone’s interest.”
Ambassador Olmi’s information, however, alleges that four months ago, the police officer (named) led the city rangers to stop vendors selling betelnuts at public places in their effort to keep the city clean.
“These people have joined forces and have all dressed in police uniforms to hijack ballot boxes so we are calling on the Police Force to identify and disband the unit,’’ Mr Olmi said.
Around 12 midday yesterday, it was also reported that some people with police issued uniforms walked into Gabutu Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) where the Moresby South boxes were kept and attempted to remove the boxes. A blue Toyota Land cruiser registered as CAY 323 was spotted with two other vehicles loaded with the so-called police personnel at the premises of DBTI, trying to remove the boxes.
The 2012 National Elections Security Operations Commander Francis Tokura has been called to immediately investigate and disband the illegal police unit, operating from the City Hall.
On behalf of the other 25 candidates contesting the regional seat, Mr Olmi said the illegal police set up needed to be disbanded before the counting of the ballot because it was a threat to the election process.
“To conduct free, fair and safe elections it has come to our knowledge that some strange things are happening at the NCD City Hall,” he said.
Mr Olmi has written to the Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations Simon Kauba to immediately investigate and disband this police unit to allow for fair counting of ballot papers.
“All of us, the candidates, the voters, the polling officials and the security have to put our country first in this time of choosing our political leaders,’’ he said.