Fijian Elections Office clarifies voter list
September 21, 2018 6:26 pm
The Fijian Elections Office has clarified claims made by the Social Democratic Liberal Party on their social media page – stating there were anomalies on the voter roll.
Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem says this issue was not raised with them and that the party along with its leader made series of attacks on the national register of voters and the FEO directly.
Saneem says voter and polling list distribution or even the entire operation does not follow provisional boundaries as alluded by SODELPA.
“We are not required to distribute the entire country along provisional lines, district lines or town boundary lines. So therefore any attempts to join voter list together to form constituencies through provisional lines is incorrect and misleading. The FEO had given all political parties the entire country’s administrative area maps of the same venue under the same areas back in January 2018 – this map as at 31st December 2017 and it’s surprising that the party now claims not knowing about this.”
Saneem says they conducted multiple voter list verification and displayed exercises earlier this year resulting in the making of the voter list.
“The voter list has never been displayed at this number of times, in fact the list hasn’t been conducted this many times in an election year, historically. The idea is to allow political parties and individuals to approach us if they have found any errors. It is unethical to make a public shebang about it.”
The SOE adds they have carefully and fairly distributed the entire country into twenty-five administration areas.
“Sadly I have to say today that i can see desperate attempts made to advance dubious calculations and irresponsible statements about the Fijian Elections voter list. Professionalism dictates that such queries were better made with the FEO as we have all the data.”
FEO says raising these kinds of issues on social media with such allegations will get proven as wrong and it only affects one’s credibility.