Lupari chose Southern Highlands capital Mendi to launch the first heads of department and state agencies meetings, thanking Governor William Powi for accommodating the delegations which flew in from Port Moresby this week.
"It is only fitting to hold our first departmental heads meeting in the capital of Southern Highlands, given its outstanding record of good governance and stability throughout this term of government," he said, adding that the 2017 national election preparations were far better coordinated now than those of previous elections.
"All three of our national security forces including the Royal PNG Constabulary, the PNG Defence Force and the Correctional Services have briefed us on their security progress to ensure free, fair and safe elections, throughout the country," Lupari said.
Lupari asked secretaries, CEOs and MDs to freely engage in discussions and enable open dialogue in order to share how best to make the elections a success.
"It is very important to ask questions during this meeting to ensure we encourage a free and open dialogue," Lupari said.
Lupari repeated that, during the election period, public servants were only allowed to assist and support election managers in order to uphold a free, fair and safe election and urged them not to misuse this opportunity by campaigning for individual candidates.