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Tough Indian vehicles boost Elections Office

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

THE Indian Government has given eight vehicles, with an additional two to arrive soon to the Fijian Elections Office, all worth more than half a million dollars.

In a handover ceremony, India's High Commissioner to Fiji Vinod Kumar said the Mahindra vehicles were tough for Fiji's condition and would be of great assistance in getting to the people in rural areas.

"India and Fiji have very strong relationship. Given the conditions in Fiji and India are approximately the same, the vehicles should do well here," Mr Kumar said.

Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem said the 2014 General Election placed heavy requirements on transportation and logistics.

"The Fijian Elections Office will be required to meet those needs.

"This offer of eight strong and reliable Mahindra vehicles by the Indian Government will certainly contribute to easing the transportation needs," Mr Saneem said.

"Your excellency, today (yesterday), the Fijian Elections Office will also be launching the voter awareness campaign in which we will, apart from using the media platform, go out into the country and inform voters how to vote.

"The arrival of the vehicles is, therefore, timely and will feature in this vital program in the lead-up to the election."

Attorney-General and Elections Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said it was a pleasure receiving help from Fiji's long-time friend, India.

"The handing over of the new vehicles from the Indian Government shows their confidence in the electoral system that has been put in place, shows the confidence in the Supervisor of Elections Office and indeed their support for the first-ever truly democratic elections that will be held in Fiji," he said.

He also revealed an MOU was being drafted in order to facilitate the supply of indelible ink form India to be used in the election.


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