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Election results

Nasik Swami
Saturday, August 02, 2014

THE transmission of provisional election results will be done either by telephone, text message, or phone application to the national counting centre.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said it would be done on the first night of the provisional results.

"The first result that comes in is provisional results. It can come in the form of a text message, telephone call, through the app we are working on and the final results will come in the booklet and that we will put in the final results tally," Mr Saneem said.

"The provisional results may have a nine in place of a six so that's not a problem because the actual results come in packets.

"There is a provisional result, which comes on the night and then after this, there is a result that comes in the book which is the handwritten one signed and witnessed by whoever is there — polling agent, observer, member of the public — they will sign off to the accuracy of the result in the book as per the results protocol."

He said the provisional results would allow people to know how the results were done.

Mr Saneem said it would take time for the final results to come out.

"Considering Fiji's geographical complexities, we will give time for them to come; we don't want to rush in that night.

"Central Division results may start coming in that night. We will have a collection done in the Western Division and Northern Division and then we will transport that to Suva the next day and then we will start entering the formal results.

"The formal results will be entered after a scrutiny has been done by polling agents present at the results centre and after that we will enter the results."

Mr Saneem said in any election, results of pre and postal polling took a lot of time.

"We anticipate approximately 20,000 to 30,000 votes in pre-polling and postal and that will take a substantial amount of time. There are procedures involved in the certifying of boxes in pre-polling and that's also going to consume some time."

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