Fiji Poll: Postal vote best fit for election day polling venue absentees

In order to vote in Fiji’s forthcoming 2022 General Election, voters will need to be at their designated polling venue on election day otherwise opt for a postal ballot.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says the option of the postal ballot is recommended for those who will not be at the venue that they had registered to vote in on election day regardless of the reasons, including work like those in the transport sector, media persons, those on seasonal work overseas.

Applications for the postal ballots will be made available via the FEO website when the date of the election is announced.

“Once the date of the election is announced, you can visit the FEO website, to download your postal code application form. Fill in and you can submit that postal code application form directly on our website,” Saneem said.

Saneem says the sooner the applications are submitted, the earlier postal ballot papers will be dispatched – via DHL for overseas voters and EMS for locals.

“If you are registered to vote in Suva, but on the date of the election you will be in Labasa or Germany, all you have to do is to use your existing voter details and apply for your postal voter ballot.”

Submission of the voter card or a copy of it is a requirement for postal ballot registration, however, if the voter has not upgraded to the blue card, the green voter card will suffice. As we have said you do not get deregistered if you do not upgrade to the latest voter card, Saneem said.

The FEO, he reiterates, will not be adding people to a polling venue listing on election day. As per electoral laws, voter registration ceases at 6 pm on the day of the issuance of the writ.

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