Villagers disappointed

Shayal Devi And Shalveen Chand
Saturday, September 06, 2014

ABOUT 277 registered voters in a remote village in Navosa were left disappointed after election officials informed them yesterday morning that pre-polling was postponed to next week.

People from Nalebaleba Village in Bemana, Keiyasi, waited for nearly an hour at Bemana District School to cast their votes when they were informed that pre-polling had been moved to Monday next week because of the shortage of ballot papers.

Turaga ni koro Apisalome Tauva said they were disappointed about the last minute announcement.

“This is frustrating because so many people left their farms to come and vote,” he said.

According to Mr Tauva, the election officials had only listed 23 voters.

“This is an error on their part and this was why voting was only scheduled for an hour.”

When The Fiji Times visited the village yesterday, students from Bemana District School were allowed to go home early, with parents day and voting coinciding on the same date.

Mr Tauva said the villagers now hoped the rescheduled pre-polling would not be postponed again.

“We have been informed that the pre-polling will now take place from 8am to 4pm.”

Villager Vuniasi Lalai said they started preparing for the pre-polling since they were informed about two weeks ago.

“When the turaga ni koro informed us that pre-polling had been postponed, we thought he was lying,” he said.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said he had not received any report on this when asked yesterday afternoon.

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