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Flooding, 7000 Plus To Vote Later

More than 7000 voters are expected to cast their ballots in the 2018 General Election at a later date. Heavy rain forced the adjournment of voting at 26 polling stations
15 Nov 2018 10:23
Flooding, 7000 Plus To Vote Later
A ballot box from Lodoni Village, Tailevu, was safely taken from the polling station under Police guard to Korovou Police Station after the polling station was closed because of bad weather and flooding on November 14, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

More than 7000 voters are expected to cast their ballots in the 2018 General Election at a later date. Heavy rain forced the adjournment of voting at 26 polling stations in parts of the Eastern, Western and Central divisions.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem put the number of registered voters at these polling stations who would be affected at 7852.

Mr Saneem said a total of 23 polling venues had to be closed because of adverse weather experienced around the country yesterday.

He said the decision to adjourn voting at these venues was made after consultation with the Electoral Commission, in accordance with Section 47 of the Electoral Act.

“Due to the weather situation currently, the Fijian Elections Office has now received information from presiding officers on the ground that there are polling venues that are no longer accessible by voters to come and cast their votes,” Mr Saneem said.

“The FEO waited a little bit to see if the rain would stop and if the waters would recede, but it appears that the waters are rising and therefore it has become necessary for me as Supervisor of Elections to consider adjourning polling at these locations.”

The Electoral Commission, in consultation with FEO, will announce polling dates for these venues at a later date.

 Edited by Epineri Vula

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