Times mis­led pub­lic again: Sa­neem

Fiji Sun - - Vote 2018 - SELITA BOLANAVANUA Edited by Epineri Vula Feed­back: selita.bolanavanua@fi­jisun.com.fj

The has come un­der crit­i­cism again for an in­ac­cu­rate re­port. Go­ing into the Gen­eral Elec­tion, it is now time that Fi­jians re­alise what is the cred­i­bil­ity of when they are pub­lish­ing such in­for­ma­tion with the de­lib­er­ate at­tempt “as I see it” to mis­lead the pub­lic, Mo­hammed Sa­neem said. The Su­per­vi­sor of Elec­tions has again cor­rected the in­ac­cu­racy of a re­port that was pub­lished by on its Fri­day’s edi­tion with the head­line

The ar­ti­cle stated that “Seventy-nineyear-old Ratu Su­luo Drau­ni­baka missed out on his chance to vote yes­ter­day be­cause his name was not present in the vot­ers’ reg­is­ter at Na­ma­rai, Nako­ro­tubu, Ra. “Upon in­quir­ing with the Fi­jian Elec­tions Of­fice (FEO) of­fi­cials, Mr Drau­ni­baka said he was told his name was listed in an­other pre-polling sta­tion."

It fur­ther stated that Mr Drau­ni­baka was in­formed that he was sup­posed to cast his vote at Saioko, Lawaki, more than 10 kilo­me­tre from Na­ma­rai.

Mr Sa­neem said as usual, the FEO checked out the reg­is­tra­tion record of this voter and found that the voter first reg­is­tered at Saioko Vil­lage tent on July 18, 2012.

He up­dated his de­tails on May 30, 2017 to vote at Na­ma­rai com­mu­nity hall.

He then made an­other up­date on June 24 2017 to vote at Saioko vil­lage hall num­ber 3. On Au­gust 6, 2017, the voter again up­dated his de­tails to vote Saioko Vil­lage hall.

“This voter has in fact amended his de­tails to vote at Saioko Vil­lage hall which is a proper FEO pre-polling sta­tion,” he said.

Mr Sa­neem stated that if had sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion, the FEO would have clearly showed them the voter’s reg­is­tra­tion de­tails.

“If you would have asked the FEO, we would have clearly told you that the voter chose to change his venue from Na­ma­rai to Saioko and we would have given you the ex­act dates.

“We noted that when we clar­i­fied things for the edi­tor comes out and calls us as ‘at­tack­ing but I think it’s a very good time for the edi­tor to look deep into his own in­sti­tu­tion and see why they con­tinue to sen­sa­tion­alise news as well as make false news.” Ques­tions were sent to the Edi­tor of

Fred Wes­ley, yes­ter­day, but there was no re­sponse when this edi­tion went to press.

Su­per­vi­sor of Elec­tions Mo­hammed Sa­neem.

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