2022 General Election: Voters give FEO officials, police observes

A police officer speaks to villagers of Kabariki during pre-poll in Kadavu. Picture: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

VOTERS on Vanua Levu have given the Fijian Elections Office officials, Fiji Police Force and Multinational Observer Group a big thumbs up for the smooth running of pre-polling in the 2022 General Election this week.

Yesterday, a team visited a house in Baleyaganiga Village to enable a stroke patient to cast his vote.

The patient, Jacoro Mika, 57, could not walk to the pre-polling station and was grateful that he got to cast his ballot.

“I’m very happy that officials allowed me to vote in my house because this is an opportunity we get only once every four years,” he said.

Most voters and village leaders have lauded the pre-poll process conducted so far by elections officials.

In Macuata and Cakaudrove, village headmen have thanked the officials for being prompt.

Nayarabale Village headman Lote Turaga said the presiding officers were also very helpful.

“There’s a big difference compared to last elections as this one started on time and flowed smoothly throughout the pre-poll process,” he said.

“The presiding officer are also very helpful and never hesitate to attend to our queries, so we are grateful.”

Baleyaganiga Village headman Meli Uluikavoro said the elections team arrived before 8am.

“They were here early and voters started making their way to the pre-poll station after seeing the team arrive,” he said.

“They were very helpful and never hesitated to visit the sick and disabled in their houses so they could vote.”

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