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2018 general elections: FEO receives 15,000-plus voting screens

Vishaal Kumar
Friday, March 09, 2018

Update: 4:12PM THE Fijian Elections Office (FEO) received a major boost towards the lead up to this year's general elections.

This after the New Zealand (NZ) Electoral Commission handed over 15,015 voting screens to the FEO in Suva today.

Speaking at the event, Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra said since the polling station set up in the 2018 general elections would be the same as the 2014 elections, they were sure voters would find greater comfort in exercising their right.

"As we prepare to conduct the second general elections under the 2013 constitution, the Electoral Commission and the FEO are thankful for all the support from our partner agencies," Mr Chandra said.

"Support through donations either in monetary terms, in kind, technical expertise or any form of assistance, will not only contribute towards our operations but towards the development of our country as a whole.

"We want the 2018 general elections to be a platform for Fijians to express their will with confidence, security, and freedom. In fact, the Electoral Commission has adopted this as our theme heading into the polls and we are committed to ensuring that it is translated into action."

He said FEO was confident the support they had received from New Zealand would greatly contribute towards realising FEO goals.

"Last year, the Electoral Commission and the FEO participated in the New Zealand Electoral Commission 2017 Election Visitor Program for the 2017 New Zealand elections," Mr Chandra said.

"That was a good learning experience for the Commission and a great opportunity to observe first-hand the conduct of an election in New Zealand. It allowed us to see the processes involved, the organisation and landscape of conducting events during an election from a different perspective. We are thankful to the New Zealand Electoral Commission for facilitating our visit last year."

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