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Election Day Free Transportation

“Ease of accessibility to transport services is one of the key objectives of the collaboration between agencies,” Mr Ali said.
28 Oct 2022 15:30
Election Day Free Transportation
Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the relevant agency to aid transportation for the public during Election Day.

The signing was between the Fijian Elections Office (FEO), Ministry for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management and the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

This will allow the general public to travel on the day of election to, and from their polling station.

 

Permanent secretary for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transportation, Shaheen Ali while signing the MoU on behalf of the ministry said that they were delighted to be part of the Government agencies that will work closely with the FEO.

Mr Ali highlighted that as the ministry responsible for transport, they will ensure that all the relevant support is provided to the FEO in the build up to and on the day of election.

“Ease of accessibility to transport services is one of the key objectives of the collaboration between agencies,” Mr Ali said.

 

“Today’s MoU will simply formalise cooperation between FEO and the ministries.”

Mr Ali said the ministry has already started collaboration through the engagement of six Government vessels, for charter by FEO.

He said the Government vessels will ensure that Fijians living in the maritime islands are able to access FEO services.

 

Meanwhile, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said this was a timely collaboration.

“The transportation plan has a detailed map of the entire 101 election day hubs that the Fijian Elections Office will operate,” Mr Saneem said.

“Within individual hubs, FEO has worked with transport providers to determine the most suitable means to provide transport in those hubs.”

Mr Saneem also disclosed that FEO has also secured services of advisory councilors, the district advisory councilors all over Fiji.

 

“On the day of election we have people from those localities supervising the provision of transport in those areas,” Mr Saneem said.

To boost the morale of these services, FEO will also set up a call center and details would be announced later.

“In that call center, members of the public may be able to make free phone calls to get the details of the person who can tell them when and what time the bus service or whatever transportation services for that area are,” Mr Saneem said.

Mr Saneem said the general public can also expect a final version of the free public transportation services booklet to be published on December 5, 2022.

 

Story by: jone.salusalu@fijisun.com.fj



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