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D-day for objections

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE Electoral Commission will give its decisions tomorrow on the 11 objections and 10 applications for review of decision taken by the Supervisor of Elections.

Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young said under the Electoral Decree, the commission had three days to review objections and appeals.

"We want to take all the time to do so because we want to get it right," Mr Young said.

"The Electoral Commission is busy reviewing each of the objections and we are also considering the reviews of the Supervisor of Elections' decisions.

He said the 10 applications for reviews and 11 for objections were still under process.

"And we want to look at them carefully and diligently, and we want to give our decisions on them when we come to a conclusion."

This has led to the postponement of the drawing of the ballot numbers for candidates who would make the cut for the general election.

The draw for these numbers was scheduled for today at the Grand Pacific Hotel, but was postponed to Sunday.

"I guess the Supervisor of Elections was a bit too optimistic but he has left it in our hands.

"And he is not pushing us to hurry up the process and we don't wish to be hurried by anybody so we want to make sure that we deliberate properly and give the right decisions.

"We have until Friday afternoon to make our decisions and we want to use up all our time."

Political parties have been given some more time to see if the names of the candidate that would appear on ballot papers are spelt correctly.


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