2018 General Election: FEO to operate 587 pre-poll stations

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fijian Elections Office will be operating 587 Pre-Poll Stations around the country at 582 Pre-Poll Polling Venues where 69,466 voters are expected to cast their ballot.

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra said under Section 82 of the Electoral Act, the FEO will conduct pre-polling for voters in remote areas or locations where the number of voters suffice for the establishment of a polling station.

“Voters in outer islands, hard to reach locations, residents of nursing homes or healthcare facilities, members of disciplined forces and those under pre-trial detention are eligible to vote via pre-poll,” Mr Chandra said.

He said Queen Elizabeth Barracks in the Central Division in Suva where 1438 voters will cast their vote at three stations makes it the pre-poll venue with the biggest number.

Sabata Community Hall in Navua, which falls under the Central Division, has the least number of voters with only 14 voters registered to cast their ballot.

“At this point, may I mention that all the areas that are under pre-polling have been made aware of the schedule as well as the fact that they will be voting via Pre-poll.

“In the event someone is still not sure where to cast their vote, please send your voter number to 1500 to find out the location of their pre-poll venue and station.”