Elections

Elections office launches software to locate polling venues

Voters will now be able to locate the exact coordinates of polling venues closest to their residential area through the Fijian Elections Office polling venue locator application. While launching the application this afternoon Chairman of the Fijian Electoral Commission Chen Bunn Young said he was pleased that the Fijian Elections Office was utilizing available technology to […]

Salote Qalubau

July 28, 2016 7:03 am

Voters will now be able to locate the exact coordinates of polling venues closest to their residential area through the Fijian Elections Office polling venue locator application.

Chairman of the Fijian Electoral Commission, Mr Chen Bunn Young and Fijian Elections Office Supervisor Mohammed Saneem during the launching of the Polling Venue Locator Application today. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Chairman of the Fijian Electoral Commission, Mr Chen Bunn Young and Fijian Elections Office Supervisor Mohammed Saneem during the launching of the Polling Venue Locator Application yesterday. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

While launching the application this afternoon Chairman of the Fijian Electoral Commission Chen Bunn Young said he was pleased that the Fijian Elections Office was utilizing available technology to enhance voter service.

YOUNG: “This concept of Geographical Information System (G.I.S)  mapping of polling venues is very common around the world and for Fiji to make use of this technology is indeed exciting.With this G.I.S application, Fijians will be able to locate polling venues all over Fiji at their own convenience .They will be able to identify venues  that may be even closer to their residence in comparison to where they voted in 2014.”

“The Electoral Commission endorses efforts by the FEO (Fiji Elections Office)  to investigate, assess and customize technologies that enhance the quality and delivery of elections and rapidly improve voter confidence in electoral processes.”

The Polling Venue Locator Application being projected at the Fiji Election, Suva today. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
The Polling Venue Locator Application being projected at the Fiji Election, Suva today. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Fijian Elections Office Supervisor Mohammed Saneem said the application also included pictures of the venues however certain venues were yet to be reached such as Moala and Vatoa in the Lau group which will be visited during the registration and card replacement drive.

SANEEM: “We’ve also gathered critical data regarding the venues so that we are able to asses whether they fit as many people as we need to,  or we will be required to get a second venue, possibly create another tent or a shed. In this exercise we have physically visited the venues and made necessary observations that we require.”

He also clarified that venues published on the Fijian Elections Office website were provisional.

SANEEM:  “I also wanted to clarify that the venues that we had  published on the website today  are provisional and  we will be taking comments and doing consultations on this . Subsequently in 2018 our final list will be published as per requirements of the law.These are provisional, we are happy to add more venues provided you let us know, you have place that is suitable for a venue.”

“Also in terms of any area that does not have a venue and you would like us to consider putting a tent or a shed, the FEO will be willing to consider that.We will be putting out more details in the newspapers and on our website and Facebook page as to how you can contact us to initiate the process and of course at the end of the day the Fijian Elections office will have to make an assessment on the decision that the venues that you are proposing  should be created or not.”

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