Posted by: nativeiowan | August 24, 2010

democracy S.I. style

And I feel so much better…

POLICE will soon commence the next phase of the ongoing security operation in preparation for the election of the Prime Minister to be held tomorrow.

Deputy Commissioner Eddie Sikua has been appointed to take over the Operations Commander’s role as Deputy Commissioner Walter Kola is attending the Pacific’s Chiefs of Police Conference abroad.

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall has the overall responsibility for the response of the RSIPF and supporting groups and Deputy Commissioner Sikua will be reporting directly to him.

The RSIPF is the lead agency in this joint operation and will be closely supported by the RAMSI Participating Police Force and Military personnel.

The operation was anticipated to be carried out over a six weeks period but the election and follow-on counting took up additional days. Police will continue with the operation but will maintain a flexible end date depending on the election of the Prime Minister.

Additional officers conscripted under the operation will continue to support general duty officers.

They have been jointly rostered to cover each 24 hour period with a large number of officers currently carrying out High Visibility patrols in Honiara and surrounding areas.

Although police are not anticipating any trouble, preparations are in place to ensure that the election for a new Prime Minister will be carried out safely and peacefully without any disruption.

The security operation maintains the secured locations in the city and officers will continue to work from these strategic sites to effectively respond to any incident that may occur.

Police have consulted with the Speaker of National Parliament and it has been determined that the Parliament Grounds will not be open to members of the public during the election and announcement of a new Prime Minister.

Access to the parliament compound will be restricted to Parliament Members and those working in the Parliament House.

Media representatives will also be given access to the parliament compound to cover the event which will allow the whole nation to hear the announcement of the result which will be broadcasted live.

One Television company has also dedicated new facilities to enable live television coverage of the event.

This is the first time ever that such event will be broadcasted live on television and it would be a unique opportunity for television viewers to be able to watch the event live from their homes in Honiara and in some of the provinces.

The Prime Minister’s Election Day will be a public holiday and it is advisable that people stay home and listen to their radio.

Those who have access to a television are also advised to tune to One Television as the result will be broadcasted live through their channel.

Police request for a ban on the alcohol sale during the Prime Minister’s Election period has been approved by the responsible authorities.

A liquor sale and public consumption ban will be imposed starting today and will continue right through the Prime Minister’s Election and subsequent announcement.

The ban will also continue for an additional day after the announcement.

The liquor ban will include all licensed premises including hotels, motels, restaurants and bottles shops.

This will be strictly observed and any breaches of this order may result in prosecution.

The Public Liquor Consumption Ban will cover a kilometre radius from the Parliament house and any person found consuming liquor within the restricted zone will be arrested and charged.

It is important to note that the Public Liquor Consumption Ban also include liquor brought from outside into the restricted zone.

Police will be very proactive and will have a zero tolerance approach to any form of anti social behaviour or disorder, and will ensure that the Prime Minister’s Election occurs freely and without interference.

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