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India Hands FEO Off-Road Vehicles

Preparations by the Fijian Elections Office for this year’s general election have been boosted by the Indian High Commission in Suva. This is after Indian High Commis­sioner Vishvas Sapkal handed
26 Jul 2018 11:00
India Hands FEO Off-Road Vehicles
From left, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem with Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal, during the vehicle handover on July 24, 2018. Photo: Fijian Elections Office

Preparations by the Fijian Elections Office for this year’s general election have been boosted by the Indian High Commission in Suva.

This is after Indian High Commis­sioner Vishvas Sapkal handed over four new vehicles to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem.

This is to help with the FEO’s transport needs for the election.

Mr Saneem acknowledged the In­dian Government for their kind as­sistance.

“ … on the day we received this as­sistance in a form of a cheque for the sum of $224,000.00, I mentioned that the election is the largest logis­tics exercise in peace time for any country and Fiji is no different,” he said.

“The unique features of election involves a lot of transportation re­quirement to various areas through roads that require tough terrain ve­hicles, as well as vehicles that can sustain off road requirements.

“The Mahindra vehicles that we have purchased from the assistance are actually designed for these roads.”

He said the choices of these vehi­cles are from their experiences in 2014.

Mr Saneem added that the Mahin­dra Scorpio that the FEO acquired from the assistance was a six speed turbo-charged vehicle that was very strong and had enough power to de­liver materials to interior locations.

So far, FEO has received 14 vehi­cles from the Indian Government as well as luxury vehicles for the Elec­toral Commission’s transportation requirements

“We’d like to acknowledge the tremendous support as well as the friendship that the FEO shares with the High Commission of India in Fiji and credit goes to His Excel­lency Mr Sapkal for his steadfast ap­proach,” Mr Saneem said.

“His Excellency has been a great friend to the FEO and has stepped forward to provide us the assistance and guidance that we may need at any point in time.”

He added that they had decided to personalise the number plates of the vehicles to something more prominent and more appealing.

The vehicles are numbered VOTE, I VOTE, MY VOTE and WE VOTE and will be distributed to the four divisions.

“So I am sure that the members of the public will remember, the elec­tion is coming,” Saneem said.

Edited by Epineri Vula



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