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48-hour Campaign Blackout period Extended: Fijian Elections Office

The 48-hour Campaign Blackout period which was scheduled to end at 6pm today has been extended until further notice. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said this is due to the
14 Nov 2018 17:51
48-hour Campaign Blackout period Extended: Fijian Elections Office
Mohammed Saneem

The 48-hour Campaign Blackout period which was scheduled to end at 6pm today has been extended until further notice.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said this is due to the adjournment of 23 polling stations.

“Due to the adjournment of polling the blackout period is now extended until the close of polling in those polling locations on the date we will be announcing,” Mr Saneem said.

“We will be able to give you the date very quickly so that there is certainty amongst the media as well on how long they have to continue to operate under Section 118 and Section 110.”

“The blackout period is effectively still in place and the provision says that it is until the close of polling.”

He stated that voter turnout so far has not been very good.

“We have recorded very low turnout in polling venues in urban centres, including those in heavily populated areas,” he said.

“We have recorded in polling places that have over 2000 voters, around 1000 voters have not turned up to vote.”

“It is critical for us now to check if we have voted. If we have not voted we still have an hour to go and vote at any of these polling venues wherever you are registered.”

Polling closes at 6pm today.

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