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Focus on logistics for poll day

Nasik Swami
Thursday, July 31, 2014

THE Fijian Elections Office is focusing on logistical arrangements for the September general election.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the office would need about 219 vehicles on election day.

"In terms of the logistics of the whole exercise, we are now collating itineraries so that we know that from this point to the polling station, we know what route to take, this is the number of persons that will be going with us, this is the number of vehicles we will need, this is how it will be delivered — whether we will need helicopters or seaplanes," Mr Saneem said.

"We are now compiling that data and we are now directing our attentions at getting them in order," Mr Saneem said.

He said his office was only outsourcing the transportation of ballot box services to private companies.

"The tenders request for people who have ability in certain areas to provide transport so if there is a company that is to provide transport in the Central Division then we can consider that based on the tenders but it doesn't mean that the whole country will be provided for by one company.

"On an estimate, we need about 219 vehicles on election day, I doubt we will have a company with that capacity handling that.

"So this is how we are planning on a stage-by-stage basis so if there is a company that can provide, we are going to consider."

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