THOSE voting in the September 17 general election have been assured their ballot cast would be safely kept in secured ballot boxes.
And the Fijian Elections Office has been provided with financial assistance of $82,431 from the Japanese Government to purchase ballot boxes. The new plastic translucent ballot boxes replace the use of old wooden ballot boxes used in previous elections.
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the 400 of the 45 litre ballot boxes would be provided for small polling stations with 30 to 150 voters while 2100 of the 86 litre ballot boxes would be provided to polling stations that had bigger voter size of up to 500 people.
Mr Saneem said the ballot boxes were light in weight, transportable and had features that would prevent it from being tampered or ballot papers falling out.
Embassy of Japan in Fiji charge d' affaires Kinzo Nakagun said Japan welcomed the concrete progress made by Fiji towards the general election.
"As only less than two months remain before election day, the sense of anticipation and optimism is building up amongst Fiji's electorate," Mr Nakagun said.
"Surely, the provision of ballot boxes would form an essential component of the overall electoral process in Fiji.
"I commend the Fijian Elections Office for carefully selecting ballot boxes that will safely store the entire ballot cast consistent with the norms of upholding the free and fair elections."