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We’re Ready For 2018 Poll: Saneem

We’re Ready For 2018 Poll: Saneem
The presiding officers demostrating the poll count to the Polling Agent on September 3,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
September 05
11:00 2018

The Fijian Elections Office is ready to conduct the 2018 General Election.

This is the response from the Su­pervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem when asked about FEO’s state of preparedness now that the country is eagerly awaiting the President to issue the Writ of Elec­tions.

Mr Saneem said they were ready and had placed containers next to Police Stations around the country, which will contain the election’s non-sensitive materials.

“The Police Stations operate as our hubs and we will be using ma­terials from those containers and once the date is announced we will be stocking the containers with ma­terials,” he said.

“We have started to deploy our ma­terials for election day.”

He said they had identified alter­native national count centres since the Vodafone Arena was under ren­ovations.

“We have a couple of alternatives and depending on the availability of venues. We will use the alterna­tives,” Mr Saneem said.

“We are confident that the alterna­tives will be sufficient for us.”

He explained that there were a total of five reconciliations done during the counting process before the final results are recorded in the results centre.

“Once the ballot paper is sorted the first time it is sorted according to the column in the ballot paper,” the Supervisor of Elections said.

“After it is sorted it is counted how many ballot papers are in the col­umn and that is noted on the place card.

“Than all the columns are placed back into the ballot box.”

The presiding officer will then instruct the assistant presiding of­ficer to take out the folded ballot paper for each column and sort it according to individual candidate numbers.

“After they sort by candidate num­bers then they will count again. Two people will count to ensure that it is confirmed.

“Once it is counted the number is written and pasted and placed on the ballot papers after which it is rolled and the rubber band is placed.

“Candidate agents, who are there, can see the count happen and see if the right number is written there and then all the candidate ballot papers are counted and then you can calculate the total. It should be equal to the totals for that column.”

He said the third reconciliation would take place when the entire ballots were counted in each ballot box.

“The presiding officer will then write out the results for the whole box and it will then have to add up.”

“The final add up will be equal to the total number of ballot papers in the box.”

Before counting starts he said the total number of ballot papers were counted to match against the total number of signatures.

Edited by Percy Kean

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