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764,850 ballot papers for 2018 General Election

The printing of ballot papers for the 2018 General Election has been completed. The printing has finished one week before the expected time which according to the Supervisor of Elections
27 Oct 2018 13:24
764,850 ballot papers for 2018 General Election

The printing of ballot papers for the 2018 General Election has been completed.

The printing has finished one week before the expected time which according to the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem was supposed to go on until November 2, 2018. He said ballot paper production began on October 17 and concluded on October 25. Speaking at a press conference at Star Printery in Raiwaqa yesterday, Mr Saneem acknowledged the hardworking staff of the printery as well as the ballot paper production manager Ranjit Chand.

“We are now ready to ship the last package of ballot papers to the warehouse facility,” Mr Saneem said.

“Initially the time frame for printing of ballot papers was right up until November 2. But, because of the efficiency of the print factory staff they printed on extra machines as well as the collation and binding. We have managed to complete this task well ahead of schedule.”

As of yesterday afternoon, all ballot papers for this year’s election has been put in secured storage under heavy Police guard.

“We have printed a total of 764,850 ballot papers.

“This includes the 20,000 ballot papers that we have printed for postal voting, 92,400 ballot papers will be for pre-poll and 652,450 will be on election day.”

All ballot papers are collated and binded into books and transported to the Fijian Elections Office warehouse as and when they are ready. Members of the media and political party representatives were invited to witness the transportation of ballot papers to the warehouse.

“This afternoon’s (yesterday) transfer is the last batch of ballot papers that will be leaving the printer and this means that the ballot paper printing process will conclude,” Mr Saneem said.

“On Sunday we will start packing the sensitive material for pre-poll and this process required all the ballot papers to be finalised, printed and delivered to the warehouse.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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