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Elections Office holds stakeholder briefings

Nasik Swami
Thursday, May 01, 2014

THE Fijian Elections Office conducted a stakeholder briefing with members of the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons on Monday.

Emphasising the importance of allowing every registered voter to be able to vote in the 2014 General Election, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem assured participants that the needs of persons with disabilities are indeed considered a priority.

"This meeting will enable us to understand the obstacles and difficulties that may be encountered by persons with disabilities and your input and recommendations today will help pave the way for this objective," Mr Saneem said.

He said the Elections Office had also considered engaging a consultant to assist in the compilation of voter education awareness materials to ensure persons with disabilities understood the electoral process better.

"Such an expert will be handy for us in the development of training materials for Election Day workers — to increase their understanding of persons with disabilities," he said.

In presenting the overall operations of the general election, Josua Tuwere, director communications, outlined the three available voting options for any person with a disability.

"Pre-polling will be considered if persons with disabilities are permanent members of any institutional facility whereas postal voting is available to any person who can meet the criteria under the Electoral Decree," he said.

"On election day, polling stations, where possible, will be equipped with ramps to assist persons in wheelchairs and the presiding officers will be trained to assist voters who require help."

He added the Elections Office would continue to have discussions with FNCDP and other related organisations to accommodate the needs of persons of disabilities.

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