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Saneem to involve parties in processes

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, August 31, 2014

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem has reassured political parties that they would be part of all processes in the lead-up to the general election.

His comments follow concerns raised by the Fiji Labour Party they were not informed of some elections processes being undertaken by the Fijian Elections Office.

Party official Ben Padarath said they were at the Elections Office at 9am to view the postal ballot papers yesterday but nothing came up.

"We came at 9am there was nothing here, we were told that it has been moved to 10am because they were waiting the arrival of the ballot papers," Mr Padarath said.

"Now after much talk with the Supervisor of Elections he then said we can go and witness the escorting of the ballot papers.

"Now the second point is political parties never witnessed the papers being taken from the printery to the boats and we haven't been informed we don't know about the pre-poll voting that starts next Wednesday.

"Parties have never been told anything about it, the supervisor hasn't given us anything in writing so we need to be informed.

"What's going on? All this information needs to be told to us, we need to know exactly what is going on, it maybe small but parties need to be there and it is not going on right now."

Mr Saneem in response said no ballot paper had been taken as yet to the outer islands and parties would be informed once this happened.

Meanwhile, the FLP and SODELPA were the only parties present at yesterday's postal ballot process.


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