POLICE have maintained high visibility in ahead of the motion of no confidence against Premier Daniel Suidani and his MARA government yesterday and will continue to do so until the election of a new premier.
Suidani was ousted from the premiership yesterday in the motion.
Speaking to Solomon Star Auki Malaita Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Superintendent Leslie Kili said police were prepared to provide security.
PPC Kili said police are neutral. “We do not take sides with any political grouping.”
He said information shared on social media regarding high police presence in Auki were misleading.
“Police were ready to provide security during motion of no confidence.
“The beefed-up police presence is to ensure the democratic process takes place without any unlawful disturbances.
“Police presence is important to make sure business houses and everyone in general are safe and that law and order is maintained.
“There are posts on social media claiming police supported the non-executive which is misleading.
“I wish to make is clear to the public that police are only here to carry out their duty and not to support any particular party.
“Police presence is mainly to maintain peace and law and order.”
On that note, PPC Kili called on public to show good behavior and work together with police to defuse any likely unlawful happening that may arise.
By WILSON SAENI in Auki