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Saneem Pleased With Turnout

Saneem Pleased  With Turnout
The late Alini Sovu.
September 04
11:02 2014

The Fijian Elections Office confirmed yesterday there was a positive turnout at all pre polling stations around the country.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said a total of 68 polling stations operated in the three divisions. All managed to open on time for the voters to cast their votes, he said.

Mr Saneem said the turnout from the Electoral Commission who visited their venues has been very good.

“We hope that because today is the first day a lot of things will continue to happen and these are all in preparation for 17 September,” Mr Saneem said.

“In total today (yesterday) the total number of voters for pre poll we expect is 8029 people.”

76 pre-poll venues are expected to be open today. He also apologised to the voting public for any inconvenience caused on the first day of pre polling.

Mr Saneem also confirmed that they had not yet received any reports about shortage of ballot papers at the pre-polling stations.

This is also following allegations by some political party members that there were not adequate ballot papers at a pre polling station in Udu, Yasawa yesterday.

“The ballot papers are packed according to the number of voters that are there and if we are backing in books of 50 then there would be excess ballot papers in all the cases that’s our intention because if someone wants to come back and ask for the second ballot paper because they have made a mistake we should be able to give them a second paper.”

He said there are no changes to the ballot papers. The sample ballot papers used in voter education are different from the official ballot paper where voters will cast their votes.

Mr Saneem said they did not want to be seen as promoting a particular candidate number that would be appearing on the official  ballot paper. Mr Saneem also clarified that all polling day workers and presiding officers had already been paid their allowances before being deployed out to the pre polling areas yesterday.




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