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FEO To Seek Courier Services In 2018 Elections

The Fijian Elections Office will be seeking the services of at least two courier companies in the upcoming 2018 General Election. In 2014, international courier firm, DHL was tasked to
15 Nov 2016 11:00
FEO To Seek Courier  Services In 2018 Elections
Supervisor Of Elections Mohammed Saneem

The Fijian Elections Office will be seeking the services of at least two courier companies in the upcoming 2018 General Election.

In 2014, international courier firm, DHL was tasked to carry out all its postal courier services.

Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said getting more than one courier company would “allow for better opportunity for the companies to send these materials across.”

He was responding to questions raised during the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights yesterday.

In 2014, the Election office sent out 12,190 postal ballots. Only 7948 were received and on September 26, DHL returned 2219 satchels of which 480 were categorised as ‘received too late’ and 1739 as ‘undelivered’.

Mr Saneem admitted that “when it comes to postal vote, we are at the mercy of the companies we recruit.”

But he said DHL did an excellent job in delivering postal ballots as far as possible.

In addition to the courier company, FEO also provided 20 vehicles for the delivery of postal ballots locally.

 

Consulting embassies

In terms of voter registration, FEO is already consulting with embassies and consulates overseas to have a team present during the Fiji Day celebrations next year.

“We will also be distributing postal registration forms, but not receiving any until the time is right,” Mr Saneem said.

They will also have time to register Fijians living in other Pacific islands – as this was not possible last election because of the short time-frame.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

 



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