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Fijians should have voted in any polling stations: Radrodro

November 29, 2018 7:49 pm

The government should have lifted the polling stations restrictions to allow more voters to vote in the 2018 Elections.

While speaking in Parliament, Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro claims more than 30,000 voters were turned away as they showed up to wrong polling venues.

He says this could be addressed if Fijians are allowed to exercise their right to vote at any polling station.

“These hindrances were due to wrong polling venues. To assume everyone has a mobile, and can check 1500 for their correct venue, leave alone having access to mobile networks from certain interior areas, is preposterous.”

Radrodro claims the Fiji Police Force, the Fiji Military Forces and the Fiji Corrections Service should have voted using postal voting but were directed in the last minute to vote at their respective work sites.

He adds most of them were turned down because they had already registered to vote in polling stations near their various homes.

He claims the poor turnout of voters was due to the complicated voter registration process.