Commission to investigate party leaders’ claims

Update: 7:15PM THE Electoral Commission will investigate allegations raised by some political parties regarding unsecured ballot papers among 50 other incidents they had documented as irregularities during voting day.

At a press conference minutes ago at the media centre, Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young said he had just received a media release stating a black Kia Sorrento Suv Motor vehicle FR852 registered under Tappoos Limited was photographed at St Andrews School Nadi car park at 3pm on September 17 during polling day with unsecured ballot papers.

Mr Young said this particular vehicle was leased to the Electoral Commission.

In a joint statement released to the media and signed by SODELPA’s Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji Labour Party’s Mahendra Chaudhry, National Federation Party’s Tupou Draunidalo Peoples Democratic Party’s Lynda Tabuya and One Fiji Party’s Sitiveni Kalou said there were more than 50 incidents documented.

Mr Young said even though the complaints have not been lodged formally to the Commission as he had received it through the media he would still investigate the claims.

“We will formally respond to this with the Supervisor of Elections who is still busy right now.

“I just want to say that we have not formally received a complaint, we will deal with it when we receive it and in the meantime I will not ignore what I have received through the generosity of some media people,” he said.

Mr Young said nothing would affect the counting process as it would proceed without interruption.