MORE BOGUS VOTER CASES TROUBLE FIJI POLL OFFICIALS

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By Anish Chand Wansolwara Online (USP)

SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 29, 2001 – Wansolwara Online/Pasifik Nius)---A first for the Fiji elections today -- a voter whose name was not present on the electoral rolls was allowed to cast her vote at the Samabula polling station in Suva.

Also, four cases of voter impersonation were reported, the highest in a single day after four days of polling. Three cases were at the Nakaikoko polling station in Rewa and one in Rakiraki.

Fiji Television reported tonight that Selina Vere was allowed to vote after her name appeared on computer records.

"I insisted that I had registered to vote and my name should be on the rolls," Vere told Fiji TV.

"The presiding officer came over and allowed me to vote despite my name being not on the rolls.

The Supervisor of Elections, Walter Rigamoto, was not aware of the incident and told Fiji TV that he would comment on the issue tomorrow.

Missing names on electoral rolls have continued to be a problem.

Hundreds of voters around the country have been turned away from polling stations in the last four days complaining that their names were not on the rolls.

These voters have been asked to fill in "an attempt to vote card" to escape prosecution.

The impersonators, according to a report on Bula 100FM, were detected by the presiding officer at the Rewa station after being informed by a party official.

The three Indo-Fijian men were handed over to the police for further investigation.

Meanwhile, polling officials at the Nakavu station in Namosi had to intervene to stop a local chief from ordering the sheds of the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) and the Fiji Labour Party from being dismantled from the school premises.

The unnamed chief, according to the radio report, backed off after a fellow villager challenged his decision.

Voting in the Western division progressed well with the Ba Kei Viti holding a strong lead over Laisenia Qarase's SDL party in the Ba area.

Bula 100FM news based their report on exit polls obtained from party sheds in Tavua, Ba and Lautoka.

Title -- 3372 POLITICS: More bogus voter cases trouble Fiji poll officials Date -- 29 August 2001 Byline -- Anish Chand Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Wansolwara Online, 29/8/1 Copyright -- USP Journalism Status -- Unabridged

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