Lost voter ID cards

Fijian Elections Office supervisor Mohammed Saneem with villagers of Bua Lomanikoro yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

Fijian Elections Office supervisor Mohammed Saneem with villagers of Bua Lomanikoro yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

THE Fijian Elections Office replaced 82,000 voter identification cards last year.

This was revealed by FEO supervisor Mohammed Saneem, who told villagers of Bua Lomanikoro that lost voter ID cards could still be replaced until a day before election.

Mr Saneem said this was needed so that they could update their register before the elections.

“Most people lost their ID cards while majority wanted to upgrade their cards,” he said.

“If you have lost your voter ID card, you can still vote during election day.

“All you need is your date of birth and an ID card containing your photo.

“The updated polling register has your individual photo identifications so it would not be a problem identifying people even without their voter ID cards.”

Responding to questions from villagers whether people would be given enough time to cast their vote, considering that it was a one-day event, Mr Saneem said voters were given more than 10 hours to cast their votes before polling stations would be closed for counting.

“Polling stations will be opened at 7.30am and close at 6pm,” he said.

“All polling stations will close for counting at 6pm when the presiding officer will announce the closure of the stations for counting.

“Results of the election at polling stations will be announced on the same day by the presiding officer.”

Mr Saneem and his staff members were at Bua Lomanikoro Village yesterday creating awareness among villagers.