Australian support for PNG election concludes

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16 September 2022

Joint media release: 

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong

Operation KIMBA, Australia’s operation supporting Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) 2022 national election has now concluded.

The operation was at the request of the Government of PNG, and as part of a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) led whole of government commitment.

Australia’s election assistance program covered advisory and capacity building assistance, voter awareness and material support including printing and delivery of ballot papers.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) deployed more than 130 personnel and three aircraft on Operation KIMBA to provide specialist planning, logistics and air transport support to the election. 

Operation KIMBA transported more than 110 tonnes of equipment and more than 1,100 PNG security personnel to locations across the country.

ADF personnel transported more than 12 million ballot papers and associated sensitive election material on behalf of the PNG Electoral Commission, and PNG Joint Security Task Force (JSTF) personnel.

The final component of ADF support concluded following the return of PNGDF personnel to their home units, supported by an ADF C-130J Hercules aircraft.

The deployment of ADF capabilities to PNG is part of the ADF’s continuous presence in and commitment to the South West Pacific region.

While Operation KIMBA has concluded, the ADF continues to work and train alongside our PNGDF partners through our longstanding Defence Cooperation Program.

 

Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Richard Marles MP:

“The ADF’s support to the elections is a natural extension of Australia’s longstanding relationship with PNG.

“Operation KIMBA has provided significant resources and capability prior to, during and after the PNG national election.

“Australia’s relationship with PNG is based on our shared history and commitment to supporting the security and well-being of our Pacific family.

“We look forward to continuing to build on this relationship as we plan for future activities.”

 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:

“Australia is committed to supporting democracy in the Pacific.

“Australia’s electoral assistance was provided in response to PNG’s priorities.

“Our friendship with PNG is one of equals, based on mutual respect, understanding and trust.

“This is another example of the Albanese Government’s commitment to building a stronger Pacific family.”

 

 

Media note

Media can access imagery and vision of Operation KIMBA at:

Images:  https://images.defence.gov.au/S20220433

Vision: V20221794 Operation KIMBA PNG

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