No role for army in polls

COMMISSIONER of Police Ben Groenewald said the one-day general election looked promising with no major hiccups at polling venues across the country.

Mr Groenewald was at the Vatuwaqa Primary School yesterday morning with a team checking out the polling site.

He thanked the the Fijian Elections Office and also the more than 3000 police officers deployed to almost 2000 polling venues nationwide.

“We are not expecting any problems and I think we are well prepared and we are looking forward to a safe and secure polling day,” Mr Groenewald said.

He acknowledged the election teams on the ground for keeping members of the public safe while waiting to cast their votes.

“I think the personnel from the Supervisor of Elections Office and my people are doing a good job in keeping them lined up and everything is going smooth.

“We have just over 3000 elections task team deployed all throughout the country and we are satisfied that all our polling stations and polling venues are being covered by our people.”

Mr Groenewald also gave his reassurance that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces was in no way part of providing security during elections.

“The military is not playing any role in these elections.”