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Poll needs 'different'

Nasik Swami
Friday, June 06, 2014

THE Fijian Elections Office has confirmed it is working to identify alternative polling stations in areas that have a lot of voters.

As a result, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says the voter list will not be released soon.

"As such we believe, we will not do any good to any Fijian if we release a voter list that is going to be changed because the polling venue has changed or a new polling venue is being created and the voter list is split hence the voter list for the Central, Western and Northern divisions will be released shortly," Mr Saneem said.

He said the Elections Office had conducted a massive exercise in terms of the voter list it would release.

"We have conducted a massive exercise in terms of the voter list where we have first having released the provisional list of polling venues, we have had to conduct an exercise where we had to go and access the polling venue with the number of voters that are currently tagged to it. As an example, the TPAF school in Nasinu, in the 2006 election had approximately 3000 voters attached to it.

"In the 2006 elections, voting at the TPAF school happened at the front lawn area in a tent where two polling stations operated over a period of seven days."

He said that may have been sufficient for the 2006 election but the needs for 2014 general election were different.

"Because it is a one-day election, as we have advised, we are creating a group of 500 people who will vote in a particular polling station.

"This has resulted in a demand for classrooms which are suitable to our needs for the 2014 General Election."

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