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New ballot boxes for election

July 31, 2014 5:05 am

New look ballot boxes will be used by the Fijian Elections Office for the September election.

More than eighty-two thousand dollars will be used to buy the boxes which are said to be on par with what is used around the world.

Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem says the transparent boxes show ballot papers dropping in are sealed using four pull-tight security seals and the solid construction does not allow for any joints.

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“These ballot boxes are international standard, they are transparent and actually allow you to see vote actually fall into the box, so if you are the first voter you will be able to see your ballot fall into the box and if there is anything else already in the box you have the right to refuse.”

Saneem says the old wooden ballot boxes were unsecure, non-durable and needed large space for storage.

The Japanese government has provided a grant of $82. 431 to purchase the boxes.

Four hundred 45- litre ballot boxes will be used for small polling station with thirty to one hundred and fifty voters.

Two thousand one hundred 86-litre boxes will be sent to polling stations that have up to 500 voters.

An un-named local company is manufacturing the new boxes to be handed to the Elections Office by the 15th of next month.

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