Journalist Mark Davis continues his summary of the main issues arising in the lengthy Australian National University report on the 2017 Papua New Guinea national election. Mark documents election violence including an undisclosed level of murder and looting that has extended to this day
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CAIRNS - According to the ANU report, violence by candidates and their gangs, and police and Defence Force elements (both institutions comprehensively corrupted by People’s National Congress) reached unprecedented levels during the 2017 election.
Observers and citizens reported curtailing their movements throughout the campaign, polling and post-polling periods due to the violence and insecurity which punctuated the elections from start to finish.
The ANU observation team documented and witnessed election-related violence in all but three of the 69 electorates in which it undertook detailed observations.
This included 204 deaths due to election-related violence, hundreds of injuries and the large-scale destruction of property.