Fiji Time: 10:22 PM on Tuesday 21 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

A-G: No local observers

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THERE is no need to have local observers as party scrutineers will act as observers, says Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

After the terms of reference for the Multi-national Observer Group were approved, local NGOs through a coalition have approached the government to allow them to be local observers.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Multi-national Observer Group was independent.

"Now, for the very first time, you will have 1800 to 2000 party scrutineers required by each political party because the votes will be counted at each polling station," he said.

"So if a political party wants to have a representative at each of the polling station, there is a summary of 1800 to 2000 polling stations.

"So each political party will have one at each polling station.

"You do the mathematics.

"If there are 2000 polling stations, multiply that by seven political parties, so there are 14,000 scrutineers who are observers in any case and those scrutineers will be watching in any case how people vote, how ballot boxes are opened and how ballots are counted."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Public access
  2. Inside Fiji sevens
  3. Forgery suspect still in remand
  4. Accused on the run
  5. The murder of the Alankar jeweller
  6. Fiji beats Lebanon, players ready to face Murri at home
  7. 'Get to know your breasts'
  8. TB cases expected to increase
  9. Marks scaling review
  10. Reflect and re-examine

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Unknown Tuwai stands out in Gold Coast tournament Wednesday (15 Oct)
  3. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  4. Fiji removes all doubts Wednesday (15 Oct)
  5. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  6. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  7. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  8. THE NEW PRICES Wednesday (15 Oct)
  9. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  10. Praises for Fiji sevens team after win in Australia Thursday (16 Oct)