19th July 06:18 AM
5 killed in election‑related violence in the capital of PNG
By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 08/08/2017
A crowd gathered in Mendi during vote counting (Photo: Melvin Levongo).

Five people have been killed in fresh election‑related violence in the capital of Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province.

Mendi remains in lockdown after the weekend violence, which police forces say they were unable to contain due to being outnumbered.

The clash was between armed supporters of the two leading candidates for the Southern Highlands regional seat, William Powi and independent challenger Joseph Kobol.

Powi has pointed blame at the provincial election manager David Wakias.

He accused Wakias of defying the orders of PNG's Electoral Commission by proceeding to the vote count with dozens of ballot boxes still under dispute.

Source: RNZ1

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