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Dawn Gibson
Sunday, April 20, 2014

FOLLOWING successful discussions with the Supervisor of Elections last week, the police anticipate they will have enough manpower to monitor polling booths during the September 17 election, says police chief of operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu.

And if there is a need to increase manpower, he said they would discuss with the minister the possibility of getting more men.

"We've just had our meeting with the Supervisor of Elections and that was very fruitful to us because we were planning just on figures and assumptions, however, after that meeting, we have been enlightened with most of the preparations that have been done by the supervisor," Mr Tudravu said in an interview yesterday.

"So, we managed to know at least the number of polling stations, even though it's not confirmed yet, however we have a rough idea now.

"This is important because that is how we will map out our manpower deployment on the day."

Mr Tudravu said after meeting with the supervisor, the force revised its action plan for election.

"We hope to continually meet with them so that we can come up with a confirmed listing of polling stations and our policemen who will be involved in election duty.

"We have the numbers with us within the Fiji Police Force and if we need further numbers, to get more manpower we have to go to the minister for that."

He said they were also briefed about training that would be afforded to policemen pertaining to their roles on election day.

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