Police need 3 months to train for elections
Taken from/By: FBC News Report by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
The Fiji Police Force will need at least three months to train its officers for the general elections due in September.
The Defence Minister Joketani Cokanasiga, says police officers need to be ready and fully-equipped for one of the most important dates in our country’s calendar.
“Logistically, police will need to be at these polling stations, be it in the mainland, or in the islands. At the moment we estimate for that three thousand stations, we want five police officers to be available at each police (polling?)station.”
Cokanasiga says as the police work on the logistics of their election operations, it also will make sure the election process is credible.
“If it’s a one day election, then they have to finish that election, bring that ballot box to where it is going to be counted. By the time we are given the deadline as to when the numbers is going to be announced, we have to be sure that that is available. Any deviation from that will raise a lot of questions, how credible is the process.”
Cokanasiga says in order for these tasks to be carried out effectively, police officers will have to be trained properly.
Support officers and police volunteers around the country will also be trained to help the police.
The Force is also requesting for vehicles from donors to help them with transportation during the elections.