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12,000 postal ballots

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, August 31, 2014

THE Fijian Elections Office has started packing more than 12,000 postal ballot papers to be sent all over the world.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said these ballot papers would be sent to the US, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

"This morning the Elections Office has begun packing envelopes with postal ballots that are to be sent to every person that applied for postal ballots and we will continue to do this until we have finished doing the postal ballot applications," Mr Saneem said.

"We received 12,204 postal ballot applications and we will send them across by DHL.

"Once the person overseas or even locally has completed his postal ballot he can then contact DHL for a door-to-door pick up and DHL will bring these envelopes back.

"We anticipate doing about 2800 envelopes today and this will continue — the final date to receive postal ballots is September 17 by 6pm."

Mr Saneem said a postal ballot envelope contained the postal ballot paper, the voter information booklet, the brochure to assist that person on how to fill the ballot paper and the DHL contact list to help that person contact them directly.

Mr Saneem said there would be a secret envelope where the ballot paper would go and the transmission envelope was where the voter full details would go.

He said over the next few days they would ship out just over 12,000 ballot papers.

The packaging process which started at the Elections Office in Suva yesterday was being monitored by political party agents while police provided security.

He added the mailing process was being done with the utmost transparency and Fijians casting votes via postal ballot must read and understand the material provided.

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