May 29, 2014 07:31:35 AM
The Fijian Elections office (FEO) is considering the request from political parties to include party symbols on the ballot papers.
Electoral Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young confirmed yesterday that they have heard the requests from parties and they were considering these requests, though at this stage they can not confirm whether or not these symbols will be included.
“We’re considering it and we’re not sure how it’s going to fit in but at this stage it’s really too early for us to say definitively that we will exclude it or include it.
“But we have heard them and its something that we’re considering both the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission,” Young said.
The sample ballot papers do not have party symbols but numbers alone.
Political parties have been trying to convince the FEO to include party symbols as well to avoid confusion of voters.
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari