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Saneem Sets Record Right On Poll Article

The counting at the polling stations on election day is the final count. Fijian Elections Office supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem has corrected an article published by the Fiji Times
19 Mar 2018 10:00
Saneem Sets Record Right On Poll Article
Fijian Elections Office supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

The counting at the polling stations on election day is the final count.

Fijian Elections Office supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem has corrected an article published by the Fiji Times newspaper of an awareness drive he conducted in Bua last week.

Mr Saneem said the Fiji Times reported it totally wrong The article was reported on Page Six on Saturday, March 17, titled ‘2018 poll results to be announced after four days’.

On paragraph two it states: “Fijian Elec­tions Office supervisor of elections Moham­med Saneem said this period would cater for the transportation of the voting papers to Suva, where it would undergo a final count.”

However, yesterday at a press conference Mr Saneem said: “The counting at the poll­ing stations on election day is the final count.

“There is no final count after the presid­ing officer has pasted the pink slip and con­veyed the result to the results centre.

“During the election awareness it is very important that the most accurate informa­tion is conveyed.”

FEO has contacted The Fiji Times editors urging them to clarify the misreporting.

“But I am not interested on a page two, a small paragraph at the bottom of the page beside a cartoon to say, this is the clarifica­tion,” Mr Saneem said.

“Where responsibilities come, we urge every organisation to give equal promi­nence to corrections and clarifications as it would have given to the actual statement.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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