2018 General Election: Nov 14 ballot papers not counted from 22 polling stations

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. Picture: FILE

THOSE that voted at the 22 polling venues on November 14, 2018, that are open today will have to vote again so that their vote is counted.

This was stressed by the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem who said the ballot papers from November 14 from these 22 polling stations will not be counted and will be shredded.

Mr Saneem said any voter who had voted has to come back and vote again today to have their votes counted.

He said there is a 50 per cent turn out but they do want it to increase considering it is a Saturday and free transport is provided by the Fijian Elections Office.

“We know on November 14, 2018, the weather was not great and you could not vote but you’re getting a second opportunity and it is essential to vote as early as possible so that people don’t face the situation of a polling station being closed by the time they got there,” he said.

Mr Saneem said FEO issued approvals for 11,227 postal vote application which they sent out and had received about 10,000 plus postal ballot back.

He said they only count a maximum of 500 per polling station and that is why the polling station number now is 2173 because there are 9180 postal ballots that are to be counted.

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