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Casting your vote

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Arrival:

On September 17, you will go to your assigned polling station anytime between 7.30am and 6pm and be sure to have your voter ID with you. This 6pm deadline is crucial because you have to be in the queue before 6pm, otherwise you will not be allowed to vote.

The voting booth:

Once you are in a private voting booth, you can then mark your ballot paper to vote for the candidate of your choice and then fold the ballot paper. This is a very private process — nobody will be able to see who you vote for or tell you who to vote for. Once you have marked your candidate, you will leave the booth.

Finger ink:

As you leave the booth, an election official will mark one of your fingers with ink that cannot be rubbed off. This is only done to prevent cheating by stopping anyone from trying to vote twice under different names. There is no need to worry about the ink — it is designed to fade after two or three days.

Vote completion:

Once your finger is inked, you will place your ballot into a secure ballot box and exit the polling station. Do note that while you are in the polling station, you are not permitted to talk to anybody except elections officials wearing official badges. You will also not be able to use your mobile phone, camera or any other electronic device.

ID problems:

Some people may forget their voter identification card — if this happens and you also do not have any other form of identification with you, you can still vote, but it will take longer because you will have to verify your personal details and have your thumbprint taken. Following this, you will be given a ballot paper on which to sign next to your name on the voter list. You will then take your ballot paper into a private voting booth and cast your vote.

Source: Fijian Elections Office

* Tomorrow: HOW TO FILL YOUR BALLOT PAPER







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