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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."

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