Pre-polling date set

Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chandra shows the map of the Central Division pre-poll development schedules at the Fijian Elections Office in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI

PRE-POLLING for the 2018 General Election starts at 8am on Monday, next week. Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra has encouraged everyone eligible for pre-poll voting to take heed of the time and the venue where they would be casting their votes.

“Voters are encouraged to go to their respective pre-polling venues, cast their ballot, and get their fingers marked and place their ballot paper inside the secret envelope which they will place inside the ballot box,” he said.

Mr Chandra said ballot boxes would be under police guard at all times and every afternoon, after pre-polling has ended, these ballot boxes would be sealed and placed in a secure location.

“If polling is conducted in the morning, the boxes will be sealed at the same venue and placed immediately under police security.”

Mr Chandra said the FEO would be operating 587 pre-polling stations around the country at 582 pre-poll polling venues where 69,466 voters are expected to cast their ballot.

“Under Section 82 of the Electoral Act, the Fijian Elections Office will conduct pre-polling for voters in remote areas or locations where the number of voters suffice for the establishment of a polling station.”

He said the pre-poll venue with the most number of voters was the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in the Central Division where 1438 voters would cast their vote at three stations.