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Saneem Clarifies Poll Result Tabulation Process

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has clarified the processes and systems used to declare provisional results after counting for the 2018 General Election started on Wednesday night. This is after
16 Nov 2018 09:59
Saneem Clarifies Poll Result Tabulation Process
Ballot papers being verified by Fijian Elections Office officials at the national count centre at Laucala in Suva on November 14, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has clarified the processes and systems used to declare provisional results after counting for the 2018 General Election started on Wednesday night.

This is after leaders of four political parties issued a statement yesterday afternoon claiming that the tabulation process of the provisional results by the Fijian Elections Office did not follow the provisions of Division Eight of the Electoral Act 2014.

Division Eight of the Electoral Act 2014 is titled Tabulation and Declaration of Results. The joint statement was released by Social Democratic Liberal Party Leader Sitiveni Rabuka, National Federation Party Leader Biman Prasad, Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry and Unity Fiji Party Leader Savenaca Narube.

The parties stated that the number of votes announced as having been received by each candidate does not show the polling stations from which the votes were cast.

“The tabulation process was not transparent as political party agents and candidates were not shown the documents from which the ‘provisional’ results were posted on the National Results Tally,” the statement said.

Mr Saneem said the parties misunderstood the tabulation process when they attended the training sessions organised by FEO.

“We told them that the tabulation of the provisional result will be done by mobile calls by our officials from the field,” he said.

“In order to verify the process, we will be doing the data entry here and the parties have to follow through from the field themselves.

“The final results are where the parties are being given the photocopies of the document that is used for data entry and then the print-out is also given to them.”

Mr Saneem said the provisional results had always been said to be phone call results and he could not provide any other data in that respect.

The four party leaders refused to accept the provisional results and requested that results be tabulated showing the votes received by each candidate and party from each polling station.

Further they requested that the provisional results be reconciled/verified against the original protocol of results. This had already started to happen yesterday.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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