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Voters unaware of pre-poll dates

Luke Rawalai And Shalveen Chand
Thursday, September 04, 2014

PEOPLE in the North raised their concerns on the abrupt announcement of pre-polling dates by the Fijian Elections Office.

Speaking at the Vudibasoga polling station in Seaqaqa, Naseva resident Cema Baleivanualala said they were caught off guard on Tuesday after they were told that polling would begin yesterday.

Ms Baleivanualala said they were only aware that election proper would take place on the 17th of this month.

Residing in Naseva settlement outside Seaqaqa, Ms Baleivanualala said most of the 10 households in the area had not turned up to cast their votes by a quarter past three yesterday afternoon.

Ms Baleivanualala added she got a shock because polling closed at 4pm.

She said she might have been the only voter from the area to successfully vote in this election if no one turned up by 4pm.

Residents in the Nabouono, Vunikodi area in Udu and certain areas in Cakaudrove also voiced their concerns on the same issue adding that most of them were taken off guard.

Meanwhile Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said they had done their best to inform people in rural areas.

Mr Saneem said they had put out advertisements in newspapers, the radio and even sent vehicles to rural areas to inform people of the polling dates.

He said school heads and government representatives in rural areas were informed of the dates in the hope that they would pass the news to people in rural areas.

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