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12,204 ballots to be posted: Saneem

A total of 12,204 ballots will be sent across to the overseas voters after the Elections Office received postal vote applications. The ballots papers will be sent to the United
31 Aug 2014 08:15
12,204 ballots to be posted: Saneem
Hundreds of Hindu devotee gathered at My Suva Park in Suva to Mark the final ritual of Ganesh Utsav (Lord Ganesha prayer) on September 12, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A total of 12,204 ballots will be sent across to the overseas voters after the Elections Office received postal vote applications.

The ballots papers will be sent to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and to the Middle East.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammad Saneem said they had begun packing envelopes with postal ballots which would be sent through DHL Express.

“Once the voter, whether overseas or local, receives the postal ballot they can then fill it out and then contact DHL for a door to door pick up,” Mr Saneem said.

He said they would send only one ballot paper because one person had only one right to vote.

“If the voter makes a mistake then they can clearly cross off the number which is marked wrongly and place the correct one if the person is not able to get a second ballot paper on time.”

Mr Saneem said the postal voter applicants would have the luxury of time and all ballot papers must be received by September 17 before 6pm.

“The postal ballot paper contains a voter instruction booklet, brochure to assist how to fill the ballot paper and send it back, it has a DHL contact centre list, a secret envelope where the ballot paper would go and a transmission envelope where voters will give their full details.”

Meanwhile, with two days away from the pre-polling Mr Saneem said they had sent cartons of voter instruction booklets to the pre-polling areas in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

“Our target is to ensure that voters under pre-poll have access to the voter instruction booklets and they can see the number of the candidates.”

zafiya.shamim@fijisun.com.fj

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