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Saneem Calls For Accurate Reporting

September 05
10:22 2014

The Fijian Elections Office is calling on the media to report the elections accurately.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem made this statement following incorrect reports by two media outlets.

He said said a newspaper had reported that because of a shortage of envelopes at a pre-polling station in Yasawa, Cakaudrove, 22 voters were not able to cast their votes and villagers from the tip of Udu had to pay more than $100 to travel to Yasawa Village to cast their votes.

This, he said was incorrect.

“I think it becomes the responsibility of the media, the FEO, the Government and all the voters themselves to ensure that the process happens properly. That there is no misreporting so voters don’t lose their confidence and trust in the process and that adequate and transparent means are set up and are properly conveyed to everybody and that is only how people are going to realise how important the event is going on,” Mr Saneem said.

“I can confirm to you that the polling station is miles and miles apart. It would take them a couple of days to get across because the village we are talking about is Yasawa Village in Cakaudrove and Udu is far away from this place so I think this is incorrect information and this is mis-reporting at its highest.”

He urged the media to send them any queries they had regarding factual matters to ensure they had accurate reports.

“This is only the start of voting and we need to maintain the confidence of the people and if you report incorrectly it will only damage the process.

“The Fijian Elections Office has been very transparent and co-operative with what we have been doing so far and we have taken you through things and we extend the same privilege when it comes to election reporting,” he said.





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