Fiji Time: 11:38 AM on Friday 9 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Police presence

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

POLICE officers will not be present inside polling stations but at the venues only to provide security, says the Police Commissioner Bernadus Groenewald.

Mr Groenewald said police officers would carry out their work as stipulated under the Electoral Decree.

"We do not have a role inside the polling stations because the Electoral Decree is very clear that a police officer is not allowed in any polling stations. He can only enter a polling station if required by the presiding officer," he said.

"We will deploy officers at polling stations but not inside the polling stations."

According to sections 58 and 90 of the Electoral Decree, police officers may only be present inside the polling station during voting and later on during the counting of votes if requested by the presiding officer for the purpose of restoring peace and order, and only for the time necessary to do so.

Section 100, which deals with packaging and transfer of ballot papers and other materials for safe keeping by the Supervisor of Elections after the count, states that a police officer may accompany the transfer of any election material at the request of the presiding officer.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61820.5992
JPY 57.502354.5023
GBP 0.30880.3008
EUR 0.42110.4091
NZD 0.71840.6854
AUD 0.65730.6323
USD 0.47680.4598



Exchange Rate updated on 9th October 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Newcomers Dreketi upsets Lautoka
  2. Retiree keeps promise to make a difference
  3. Strong economy
  4. Unreasonable requests
  5. Ryan eyes lanky 15s forward
  6. Housing project for hundreds
  7. Ministry clears air on workers' ERP provisions
  8. 'Work together'
  9. Suva makes IDC semis
  10. Authority to shift focus on rural roads

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rugby outcry Monday (05 Oct)
  2. Fisherman has whale of a day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  3. Family robbed, fear for lives Monday (05 Oct)
  4. Mum upset Wednesday (07 Oct)
  5. The murders and tragedies of Vatuwaqa Tuesday (06 Oct)
  6. FRCA duo sent home Wednesday (07 Oct)
  7. Sex offenders top list, taxpayers foot $15,660 per day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  8. Death classified as unnatural Thursday (08 Oct)
  9. Fiji thrash Uruguay 47-15 Wednesday (07 Oct)
  10. Ganilau a nominee Thursday (08 Oct)