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There will be no electronic voting in Fiji's 2018 General Elections.
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem clarified this during a submission to the Fijian Parliament Public Accounts Committee Tuesday.
“As far as practicable, all the process and systems from the 2014 will remain in 2018. So the same system where you come in the line, go get your names crossed off and you go and get your ballot paper go to the voting screen which is the cardboard screen and you go and get your finger inked drop your ballot paper and your exit. That is the process. There is no electronic voting involved.”
Saneem’s response came after Opposition MP, Aseri Radrodro raised the question on whether the Fijians Elections office is planning to conduct electronic voting in the next general elections.
Meanwhile, Saneem has informed the Public Accounts Committee that they’re still in the process of recovering money mispaid to polling workers in the 2014 General Elections.
He was responding to the mispayment identified in the 2014 Auditor General’s report.
Saneem says the situation arose due to incorrect information provided by the polling workers.
“One example I can give you the person wrote his bank account number as his mobile number and his mobile number as bank account number so the classic case that happened that the payment went to somebody else, so out of the 9000 plus staff that FEO had miss payment were made for 38 people and the amount is also $9000 (US$4,326), out of the $2 million (US$1 million) plus we paid out.”
Saneem has assured the Public Accounts Committee that efforts are being made to recover the money.
The Elections Office will be implementing a fully computerised recruitment system that will do its own verification for each applicant in the 2018 General Elections.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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