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Leaders of SODELPA, NFP, FLP and Unity Fiji have written to Chairman of the Electoral Commission
By Iva Danford
Saturday 17/11/2018
Leaders of SODELPA Sitiveni Rabuka, National Federation Party Biman Prasad, Fiji Labour Party Mahendra Chaudhry and Unity Fiji Savenaca Narube

The leaders of SODELPA, National Federation Party, Fiji Labour Party and Unity Fiji have written to the Chairman of the Electoral Commission requesting for the recall of all the provisional results announced so far and to follow what they claim is the correct procedures in the Electoral Act.

The letter stated that the Tabulation and Declaration of Results have not been followed by the Supervisor of Elections in declaring the provisional results announced up to the morning of Thursday 15th November 2018.

The parties also said that the Multinational Observer Group has left the country and were not here to witness everything, however Fijivillage witnessed the presence of the Co-Chair of the Group at the Elections Office Press Conference this evening.

Speaking in a press conference at the SODELPA headquarters, NFP Leader Biman Prasad says that all the protocol of results should be physically verified with what has been loaded in the Fijian Elections Office app.

The letter also stated that the number of votes announced as having been received by each candidate does not show the polling stations from which the votes were derived and these cannot be verified against the votes recorded in the Protocol of Results as required under the Act.

Also speaking at the Press Conference, SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka says that they have not received any response with regards to their letter.

The Leader of the Fiji Labour Party Mahendra Chaudhry says that the Act is very clear that all the Protocol of Results received from each polling station must be given to political parties for them to verify this against the result posted by the Fijian Elections Office on the National Results Tally.

Meanwhile, the Leader of Unity Party Savenaca Narube says that the Multinational Observer Group only sees the surface of what happens on polling day and before that.

Meanwhile all the Protocol of Results were handed to the party agents at the National Results Centre earlier this evening.

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