It’s all good

FIVE political parties alleging irregularities in the 2014 General Election have been told their earlier assertion that they have been presented with evidence of corrupt and unlawful practices lacks substance.

The Fijian Electoral Commission responded to the allegations by the five parties – SODELPA, FLP, NFP, PDP and One Fiji Party – yesterday afternoon.

“Your unfounded allegations has caused damage to the reputation of the Fijian Elections Office and dampened the spirit of the thousands of dedicated workers whose dedication and commitment enabled this election to take place,” said commission chairman Chen Bunn Young in a letter to the parties.

On allegations of unsecured ballot papers in a black Kia Sorento, Mr Young said documents in the boot were contracts for polling day workers and the vehicle was being used to deliver them to the various polling stations.

On two seals with identical numbers, he said: “It is possible the manufacturer could have inadvertently printed the same number, however, we do not see how this compromises the integrity of a ballot box.

“We are aware that during transportation to polling stations, some seals were broken.”

On allegations of voter register not being included, Mr Young said it was difficult to understand if a voter register was not included then.

“How then can it be possible for the Presiding Officer to refuse the viewing of a voter register?”

Mr Young also asked the five political parties to provide further details on some other issues they raised.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem agreed with Mr Young and said his office did not restrain any political party from asking questions. The five political parties are expected to hold a press conference today.

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