Take your time to vote: Saneem
National Candidate List by August 25
Voters will not be pressured to quickly cast their vote on voting day.
Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said: “No time limit will be given to voters to cast their vote. We are not going to pressure anybody to quickly vote.”
The same applies for voters who will vote in advance of the polling day – pre-polling and postal.
On September 17, as voters entered their assigned polling stations, they will be given a fresh booklet of the candidate list, Mr Saneem said.
The candidate list – where each candidate running for a seat in Parliament is assigned a number, would be made public at least two weeks before September 17.
Mr Saneem said the booklet will come in B5 size (half of A4).
The onus, Mr Saneem said, would be on the candidates to promote their assigned numbers to voters.
He said their priority was the distribution of the candidate list on polling day.
Meanwhile, the ballot boxes that will be used in the general election are of international standard.
“These are United Nations standard ballot boxes and they are transparent,” Mr Saneem said.
“In the 2006 general elections, the ballot boxes were sealed with tapes and the problem with tapes is that with Fiji’s high terrain, they can lose grip or tear off.
“But for the 2014 general elections, we’ll be using tags. These are uniquely numbered tags,” he said.
“Each ballot box has six tags that will be used – after the tags are placed, the additional security feature in the 2014 general election is that the polling station kit is going to contain seals.”
Mr Saneem said there would be no spare seals given to any polling station or presiding officer.
“They (presiding officers) have to account for all the seals. This avoids the opportunity for any person to open the ballot box and insert any paper in the ballot box and then replace the seal.”