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Budget request

Nasik Swami
Friday, July 11, 2014

THE Fiji Police Force needs additional money from government for operational expenses to provide security in the 2014 General Election.

Revealing this, Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald said they had made a request to the government for the additional budget.

"I am satisfied that the preparation until now is still in line and the outstanding issue is that we are waiting for the finalisation of the additional budget that we have requested government for," Mr Groenewald said.

He said another outstanding issue was the confirmation of the number of polling stations.

"We have enough resources; the only issue is that we need additional budget keeping in mind that we were not allowed to submit an amount for budget during the submission for last year's budget and that is why we have requested for the additional budget," he said.

"The number of police officers that we have now is enough to deal with all the polling stations as well as the normal policing will go on.

"The idea is, we have at least two police officers per polling station but keep in mind there will be rural police stations that can only be reached by foot."

He said the force had specific functions to deal with.

"Other functions has also been included in the Electoral Decree that is the guarding of the ballot boxes, the safeguarding of the transportation of the election material and I am satisfied that we are par on that."

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