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Japan Backs Elections Office With $82K

aqela susu suva Voters will now be able to view their ballot papers when casting it into the ballot boxes during this year’s general elections. This was after the Japanese
01 Aug 2014 07:57

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Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem (left), and Embassy of Japan Charge d’Affaires Kinzo Nakagun during the signing of the agreement at the Elections Office

Voters will now be able to view their ballot papers when casting it into the ballot boxes during this year’s general elections.
This was after the Japanese government gave F$82,000 for the provision of translucent ballot boxes to be used by the Elections Office in the September 17 elections.
In signing the agreement at the Elections Office yesterday, Embassy of Japan Charge d’Affaires Kinzo Nakagun said the provision of the ballot boxes by the Japanese government would be an essential component of the electoral process in Fiji.
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said they had advertised for tenders for the purchase of approximately 2500 ballot boxes and it was for two types.
He confirmed there would be 2100 86 litre boxes and 400 45 litre boxes.
He said the reason for acquiring two types of ballot boxes was because the polling venues varied in sizes.
“The reasons for the different sizes of ballot boxes is that we have varying sizes of polling stations and the bigger ones will be used for polling stations that will have up to 500 voters and the smaller ones will be used for pre-polled areas,” he said.
Mr Saneem said these ballot boxes were of international standard and transparent and voters could see their votes cast into the ballot boxes compared to wooden ballot boxes that were used in previous elections.
“These ballot boxes are made of plastic and durable so it’s easy to carry as well as it is lighter and going to be easier for the presiding officers and the teams to take them down to all the areas where polling will be taking place.
“Another feature of the ballot box is that it can be stacked onto one another, takes less space and they have custom made leaks on top in order to allow it to be properly sealed to prevent any insertion from any side,” Mr Saneem said.

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