Saneem Concerned Over Union’s Previous Low Voter Turnout

In 2019, only 500 voted with a turnout of 10.9 per cent
13 Apr 2021 13:06
Saneem Concerned Over Union’s Previous Low Voter Turnout
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem

The Fijian Elections Office is concerned about the low voter turnout at the last Fiji Teachers Union national elections where only 500 members turned up to vote.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said out of the 4556 union members in 2019, only 500 voted with a turnout of 10.9 per cent.

As the country’s possibly largest union, he said it was of grave concern that there was very little participation rate in the election process.

To remedy that the FEO is rolling out a massive logistics task to conduct the FTU election over two days on April 16-17 in 22 polling venues with 87 polling officials.

“The same process happened in 2019 with the same number of venues,” Mr Saneem said.

“The only thing in voting was that it was one day. I think the union needs to communicate very well with their members so that they can come and vote.

“It’s a big union with 4917 members and it’s only fair that they all participate in their representation exercise.

“In the last election the lowest turnout was in Tailevu, out of 97 registered members two people came to vote. In the Savusavu region out of 137 members, seven came to vote.”


How members vote:

A total of 92 members in the maritime islands are expected to vote through postal ballot.

Polling will take place between 3pm and 5pm on Friday and 9am to 3pm on Saturday and Touch Screen Voting Machines will be used in three venues.

For touch screen voting, the voter will be issued a Voting Card for each position that is being contested which will need to be inserted into the machine.

The screen will display the names and photos of all the candidates contesting that position and the voter can select the candidate of their choice which will be printed on the voting card which is then dropped in the ballot box.

The term of the appointed members will be for two years.



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