2022 General Election: Saneem on students sitting for exams

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has made accommodations to allow students sitting exams to vote during pre-polling for the 2022 General Election.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said this as he announced yesterday that 116 venues opened for pre-polling with 15,245 Fijians expected to cast their votes.

“Today (yesterday) we have made accommodations for a lot of the venues by moving it by an hour or half an hour so that we can allow students who are in school sitting exams are able to come in vote,” he said.

“All that information has been published on the FEO Facebook page as well as directly told to the political parties.”

He said as at 3pm yesterday, the FEO had completed pre-polling in 506 locations around the country.

The SOE also said about 1200 police officers were scheduled to vote at three polling venues yesterday.

Mr Saneem said FEO pre-polling teams faced problems in some areas due to rain and flooding and highlighted an incident involving a polling agent.

“We have had one incident where we had to ask a polling agent to leave a polling venue because the polling agent interfered in the work of the presiding officer and the political party has also been informed about that.

“On stats, the day three stats currently for yesterday (day three) was 64.2 per cent, turnout were for 72 venues, and we are yet to get information on 62 venues from yesterday (day three) as the teams are not contactable at the moment.

“So the stats is generally in the 60s range and I believe that it is an essential indicator for everybody to now look at next week and look at opportunities and avenues for enhancing voter turnout in Fiji.”

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