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MOG praises Election officials

November 16, 2018 6:26 pm

The Multinational Observer Group has highlighted their teams observed some minor inconsistencies in a small number of polling stations in how certain electoral procedures were followed by the Presiding Officer.

MOG Co-Chair Mukesh Chandra Sahu says their observers commented that these inconsistencies were the result of human error, and not intentional misconduct.

He adds they have assessed that these issues were very small in nature and were insufficient to affect the outcome of the electoral process in any significant way.

“The FEO trained their Presiding Officers extensively, and this has shown results through the overall professional conduct of Election Day.”

Meanwhile, MOG Co-Chair Wajid Fauzi says the MOG had also observed all elements of the process of pre-poll voting.

He says some members of the public raised their concerns about the integrity of the pre-poll ballots, and therefore they recognized the need to look closely at this process.

“The MOG was present for the packing of sensitive materials, the distribution of sensitive materials, the transport of ballot boxes, as well as pre-poll voting and pre-poll counting. In all of these observations, the MOG saw no evidence of wrong doing, and is of the view the process was carried out professionally.”

He adds similarly, with postal voting, the verification process was thorough and ballots were transported securely to the count centre following verification.