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Manual for police

Shalveen Chand
Friday, August 15, 2014

ABOUT 3000 police officers are expected to be present at polling venues.

This is apart from those rostered for normal duty.

Police chief operations officer Assistant Superintendent of Police Rusiate Tudravu said they were still waiting for approval for their election budget.

"For this reason also, police officers will be part of the group that will be involved in pre-poll voting to ensure everybody is focused on the work," Mr Tudravu said.

"Police officers will not be inside polling stations and will carry out the required function as stated in the Electoral Decree.

"The specified duties of the police officers during the election, what they are supposed to do, will be listed in a manual we are preparing. This will be issued to them sometime next week."

According to sections 58 and 90 of the Electoral Decree, police officers may only be present inside the polling station during voting and 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 safekeeping 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.

Mr Tudravu said they would not specify the amount they had requested in the budget.