Polling in Makira Ulawa Province for the National General Election yesterday was peacefully and successfully conducted.
General observation based on the visits by the paper to a number of polling stations from the East Makira to Central Makira Constituencies revealed, the day was trouble-free and peaceful.
Confirmation from the Makira Electoral Manager Gilbert Dabihau and the Makira Provincial Police Commander Richard Hane revealed the polling day was peaceful and has been successful as expected.
As anticipated, no reports of disturbances have been received throughout the polling day. It has been peaceful all throughout the day, the two officials said.
Mr Dabihau said that all ballot boxes are expected to arrive at the counting station as of this morning.
“We expect all the ballot boxes to reach the counting centres, tomorrow morning (today) and counting should start soon after.”
A candidate, Everlyn Kahia said, this year’s election sets a history because more people have come early to cast their votes.
“It was a peaceful day with no disturbances at the polling centres.”
Police presence was also visible.
By CHARLEY PIRINGI