40pc of survey participants have not seen campaign materials

The voters queue at Samabula Primary School during the 2018 general elections.. Picture: FT FILE

Forty per cent of Fijians who participated in the Fijian Elections Office’s 2022 General Election Readiness Survey said they had not come across campaign materials from political parties in the month of August.

The FEO said 8154 voters were surveyed between August 1 to August 15 in all four divisions.

“It can be inferred that in August 2022, political party campaigns had not been that extensive,” the FEO report read.

“Forty per cent of the sample voting population said they had not come across campaign materials for the 2022 General Election from political parties, 35 per cent indicated they did, while the remaining 25 per cent of the respondents said they were not sure.

“It was noted that less females as opposed to males had come across campaign material from political parties.

“Forty-five per cent of the sample surveyed in the Eastern Division had answered ‘no’ in that they hadn’t come across campaign material, with 42 per cent reporting the same in the Central Division, 38 per cent in the Western Division and 36 per cent in the North.

“A greater lack of surety about campaign materials from parties was noted in the Northern Division at 34 per cent whereas everywhere else it was below 24 per cent per cent.

“Forty-one per cent of the respondents in the Western Division indicated they had come across campaign material, with 34 per cent in the Central Division, 33 per cent in the Eastern Division and 30 per cent in the North.”

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