Ballot boxes to be kept at police stations
Thursday, September 11, 2014
BALLOT boxes will be kept at police stations for security reasons, Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald confirms.
He said the police were well-resourced to ensure the safeguarding of ballot boxes and an arrangement was made in this regards between the police and the Fijian Elections Office.
“It was an agreement that we had made with the Supervisor of Elections that we have the facilities where we, on a 24-hour basis, can secure these ballot boxes and this is the reason we have identified some of the police stations to secure the ballot boxes,” Mr Groenewald said.
“We have been ready since about a month ago. Do keep in mind that we are involved with the pre-poll.
“We have deployed our people with the pre-polling teams. I am positive that we are well prepared and we will be able to secure the upcoming elections.”
Police chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said police would ensure they were there to do their part in ensuring a safe and secure election.
He said there had been no reports about tampering of ballot boxes and all ballot boxes in their care were safe.