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Elections Supervisor Receives Postal Ballot Package

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem is the first Fijian to receive his postal voting package for the 2018 General Election. Yesterday some party agents and the media had the first
21 Oct 2018 13:31
Elections Supervisor Receives Postal  Ballot Package
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem with his postal voting package for the 2018 General Election at Ratu Sukuna House in Suva on October 20, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem is the first Fijian to receive his postal voting package for the 2018 General Election.

Yesterday some party agents and the media had the first glance at the packing of postal voting packages at Ratu Sukuna House, after which Mr Saneem received his postal package.

The other packages will be sent to Postal Voters via courier.

Mr Saneem said as of October 19, 2018, the Fijian Elections Office received a total of 4450 applications for postal voting.

Meanwhile, each postal package contains one ballot paper, one voter instruction booklet, one postal information pamphlet, one secret envelope, one Return envelope and one Transmission envelope.

“Once the voters receive their postal packages, they must use the Voter Instruction Booklet to identify the three-digit number of the candidate they wish to vote for,” Mr Saneem said.

“To cast a valid vote, voters’ must ensure that they circle or tick or cross the three-digit number of their preferred candidate.

“After marking the ballot paper, the voter must fold the ballot paper and seal it in the secret envelope and place the secret envelope in the transmission envelope.

“Voters must complete and sign the declaration at the back of the Transmission envelope before placing it into the Return envelope.

“The information on the declaration must be identical to the application form that was previously completed by the voter and approved by the Fijian Elections Office. We will be matching it for verification purposes.

“Voters must send their postal ballots to the address printed on the front of the Return Envelope. We have provided Return Envelopes in every satchel that is going out.

“They are all Prepaid Return Envelopes so voters do not have to necessarily go and pay to send it to us; they can just call EMS or DHL to pick it up.”

Mr Saneem said they had engaged courier firm DHL for all its international packages and delivery and return, while for the local courier services, they engaged the services of EMS.

The Fijian Elections Office will undertake local delivery in places where the EMS does not go.

“Every postal package as I said has a prepaid Return Envelope so voters do not have to pay to return their ballots,” Mr Saneem said.

All Postal Ballots must reach the Fijian Elections Office by 6pm on Election Day November 14, 2018.

“We are trying to get the packages for the farthest place out first to enable voters to be able to return their packages within the time frame,” Mr Saneem said.

“We’re hopeful that the packages reach all applicants with sufficient time for it to be returned.

“This means those who applied early, and are already on the list are most likely going to receive their packages early whilst those who applied at the very last minute may get their packages reach them very late.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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