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Police Chief Confirm 3 Alleged Breaches of Electoral Act Reported To FICAC

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has confirmed that while there were no reports of crime at all pre-polling and Election day polling venues, there were, however, three reports of
15 Nov 2018 09:45
Police Chief Confirm 3 Alleged Breaches of Electoral Act Reported To FICAC
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has confirmed that while there were no reports of crime at all pre-polling and Election day polling venues, there were, however, three reports of alleged breaches against the Electoral Act. This has been referred to the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) for investigation.
As for the two deaths that were reported at separate polling venues, Brigadier General Qiliho said these under investigation.  It is believed the two victims died of natural causes,  however this is subject to the outcome of the post-mortem examinations, he said.
“While the counting of votes continues at the National Count Center, information received from officers deployed to the more than 1,000 polling stations during pre-polling and on Election Day have been positive.
“From the policing perspective, our operations were made easier as members of the public were very supportive of the work conducted by Election officials, Police officers and other stakeholders involved in the election process.”
He said the plea made to adhere to matters regarding security highlighted prior to pre-polling and on Election Day was clearly taken onboard, and they are grateful to everyone for taking heed of the advisories as it enabled officials and officers to provide a safe and conducive voting environment for all Fijians to cast their vote.
“This show of support towards the tireless work involved in the Election process was a major contributing factor to the successful conduct of policing operations during pre-polling, on Election Day, and right up to the counting of votes which continues this morning.
“We would also like to acknowledge the work  and support of political party agents who were present at polling stations and the count centers for cooperating with our police officers as it also contributed to the positive outcome of our policing duties.”
With more than 7,000 voters yet to cast their vote, Brigadier-General Qiliho has urged members of the public to continue with the positive momentum and support the work of our police officers when voting resumes at the twenty-three polling venues on the date to be confirmed by the Electoral Commission.
I would like to assure all Fijians that the Fiji Police Force will continue to closely monitor the security situation during the post-election period.
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