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500 to 1

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE ratio of voters to polling stations for the general election on September 17 is 500 to 1.

Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem said this had been worked out by a formula used to decide how many voters would be received at any polling station.

He said with yesterday being the last day to change polling venues, a national voters register would be publicised by the end of the week.

According to Section 89 (1) of the Electoral Decree, immediately upon closing of the polls, the count of ballot papers is to be undertaken and completed in the respective polling station by the presiding officer and such elections officials designated by him or her.

With the ball rolling into motion, the Fijian Elections Office is likely to assign numbers to candidates on Sunday with the Electoral Commission dealing with all objections by tomorrow.

Mr Saneem had earlier said a National Candidates List containing the number assigned to each candidate would be out by August 24.

This has to be done as August 25 marks seven days from the day when nominations ended as stated in Section 82(3) of the Electoral Decree.

This is when the Elections Supervisor has to give a notice of pre-poll voting telling the public when postal ballots will commence and end.

For this to happen, the National Candidates List and Voters Register have to be ready.

Mr Saneem said people could text to 545 free of charge to find out their polling venue and this service would be available until September 16.

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