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Dawn Of A New Fijian Era

This morning was the dawn of a new era in Fiji. Voters were already lining up before the polling venues opened to cast their votes in the first truly democratic
17 Sep 2014 12:02
Dawn Of A New Fijian Era
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Viliame Naupoto meeting soldiers after the church service at Sukanaivalu Barracks in Labasa on December 15, 2019. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

This morning was the dawn of a new era in Fiji. Voters were already lining up before the polling venues opened to cast their votes in the first truly democratic elections since the country became independent from Britain in 1970.

Voting was brisk and by 11am things began to ease a  little.

Voters who were there early were going to work after voting, especially those who work in supermarkets.

One voter at Nabua Secondary School said: “This is the day we have dreamed about. Our family’s votes  will help determine our future in this country. We have prayed for God’s guidance in our choice.”

During the first media briefing for the day Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem announced in the past hour that voters have nine hours to vote and urged voters not to leave their voting till the last minute.

More than 527,000 registered voters are expected to cast their votes today.

In numbers:

1460 polling stations are operational

598 in the Central Division

563 in the Western Division

274 in the Northern Division and

25 in the Eastern Division

Mr Saneem said that polling day workers were deployed to their respective polling stations yesterday and polling kits were deployed last night as well.

He said that all public transport were to operate as normal. However, they had received complaints that in some areas buses were not running as required.

He said that his team was liaising with bus companies and bus operations were expected to normalise.

 




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