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Party Agents Will Keep Record Of Ballot Books

To ensure transparency the Fijian Elections Office wants party agents to record the number of ballot books placed inside ballot boxes and other details for their own record. Supervisor of
27 Sep 2018 14:28
Party Agents Will Keep Record Of Ballot Books
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Sanem with a ballot box on September 26, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

To ensure transparency the Fijian Elections Office wants party agents to record the number of ballot books placed inside ballot boxes and other details for their own record.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said party agents would have access to the packing facilities.

Meanwhile, representatives from political parties were present at the FEO warehouse yesterday at Laucala Beach for a mock polling session to demonstrate the packing for pre-poll and Election Day ballot boxes and the sensitive material packing.

The packing procedures, security protocols for the ballot boxes and the areas where the party agents would have access to were demonstrated.

“We are allowing party agents to record details of the packed ballot box,” Mr Saneem said.

“Due to the large number of boxes we have to pack, we are advising parties to be quick about this so that our processes are not delayed.”

He said the FEO had a thorough secure mechanism of tracking ballot boxes and they were confident that with this mechanism the ballot boxes would be present for verification.

FEO is packing ballot boxes from a large quantity of materials into proportionate quantity for individual polling station.

“We want party agents to be able to record the number of ballot books that are placed inside the ballot box as well as the other details for their own record purposes,” Mr Saneem said.

“The packing is done by the FEO officials; agents are not to interrupt the officials and it is important that they show respect to the officials.”

He said they want party agents to be able to record the number of ballot books that are placed inside the ballot boxes.

Edited by Percy Kean

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