Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 3:12 PM on Sunday 20 April

/ Front page / News

Holiday plan for poll

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

ABOUT 3000 polling stations will be set up around the country for voters next year to ensure elections are held in one day.

This was confirmed by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the closing session of the annual Tourism Industry Day at the Sofitel Fiji Resort on Denarau yesterday.

While addressing stakeholders in the tourism industry, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they were already planning the logistics for elections in 2014.

"We hope to have the polling stations to be able to ensure that elections are held in a day. We also hope to have a day which we set aside for elections," he said.

This would possibly be a public holiday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said, where people could go to vote and do their normal day-to-day chores.

"It will be held in one day and I know hotels and resorts run 24 hours seven days a week but you will need to give people time to vote.

"In Indonesia, there are 120 million voters spread across 6000 islands and they vote in five hours. They also count the votes where the votes are cast. We have never done that but we plan to do so. For example, if there is a polling station near Likuliku then the votes will be counted there."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they were in the process of identifying electoral commissioners as required under the 2013 Constitution.

"We have had some problems because some people are hesitant to join as they are worried they might get travel bans placed on them and their families. That of course is understandable.

"But we have letters specifically from Australia and New Zealand to say there won't be any travel bans on electoral commissioners."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said elections would be held no later than September 30 next year.