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Pre-polling confusion

Avinesh Gopal And Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

THE Fiji Labour Party says there is confusion on the exact location of some pre-polling venues. And it claims that no pre-polling arrangements have been made yet for police officers, doctors and nurses to name a few people.

FLP president Lavinia Padarath said for example, a pre-polling venue was the Nasinu Community Hall but there was no exact address for voters to go to cast their votes.

"Nasinu is a very big area and there will be many community halls there, so which one do the voters go to cast their votes? There are other situations like this," she said.

"There should have been some clarity on the pre-polling venues. They should have stated the actual addresses of the pre-polling venues as a lot of places have similar names."

Mrs Padarath said under Section 82 of the Electoral Decree, the Notice of Pre-Poll says there are 543 venues for 10 days of pre-polling, starting tomorrow and ending on September 13.

She said the party maintained that the general election could not be held on one day but the authorities concerned thought otherwise.

"To have the general election on one day and 10 days of pre-polling is just so unreliable and it's not fair to the voters."

She also claimed that they have been reliably informed by some senior police officers that no pre-polling arrangements have yet been made for police officers who will definitely be working on September 17.

Mrs Padarath said she believed that no pre-polling arrangements had yet been made for doctors and nurses too.

She said she raised the issues with the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, last Friday and was told to write to the Electoral Commission.

Mr Saneem said yesterday political parties should write to him if they had any issues and he would help them out.

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