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NFP cautions against use of technology in 2018 elections

The National Federation Party is calling for parliamentary scrutiny over the Fiji Elections Office’s plans to implement new technologies for the 2018 Elections. In a statement, NFP President Roko Tupou Draunidalo, said while technology aided automation and convenience, the ballot papers and the manual processes before data capture needed to be a transparent process that […]

Calvin Prasad

July 26, 2016 10:05 am

The National Federation Party is calling for parliamentary scrutiny over the Fiji Elections Office’s plans to implement new technologies for the 2018 Elections.

In a statement, NFP President Roko Tupou Draunidalo, said while technology aided automation and convenience, the ballot papers and the manual processes before data capture needed to be a transparent process that political parties could observe.

DRAUNIDALO: “The Supervisor of Elections publicly stated earlier this year that there is a GPS initiative…This sounds promising, but we have not seen any validation for such a need given that the Elections Offices’ 2015-2019 Strategic Plan did not identify issues about people getting lost – in fact, the Elections Office praised the high voter turnout claiming that 84% of the total voters registered, did participate.”

Hon Draunidalo said internet connectivity in Fiji was estimated at under 50% of the population, and access remained limited and costly for rural voters.

The NFP President added that the Electoral Commission and the Supervisor of Elections should address the concerns raised in two reports currently before the parliamentary committee.

DRAUNIDALO: “The Supervisor should take his directions on these priorities from the Commission, and we would suggest that they leave the fancy, frilly bits down the ladder of electoral priorities. Start with the basics.”

Hon Draunidalo added that the ballot papers and the manual processes before data capture needed to be a transparent process that “political parties can observe and be confident about.”

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