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Maintain standards and ethics despite threats: Saneem

February 20, 2018 7:35 pm

Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem has called on his staff as well as the media to maintain their standards and ethics if threats are received against them from fake profiles on social media.

Saneem highlighted this after revealing his family had received threats via social media by posting screenshots of fake messages by his brother.

“This is the new horrible examples that can be there. I’ve told my family to be prepared for this but I also want to tell other families that I have, my staff to be prepared for this. If someone can write to my staff and my brother and see look we’re going to challenge Saneem’s career by writing about you people, I think in Fiji people would say this is getting nasty."

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Saneem says more threats are expected to be received, however he has guaranteed that come Election Day, fake profiles will not vote.

“Don’t worry, bring your fake profiles but you will not be on the voters list. As supervisor of Elections fake profiles can target my office all they want but on election day decisions will be made by those who turn up, not by those who continue to harp and complain but by those who turn up. So if you are a fake profiler, only the real person can vote. So 200 fake profiles can be by only one person.”

Saneem adds journalists have also been attacked and received threatening remarks via fake profiles.

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