World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Parties Concerned At Missing Ballot Boxes

Political Parties Concerned At Missing Ballot Boxes
Issue No: 894 28 June 2001

Political parties in Fiji have expressed concern that over 1000 ballot boxes expected to be used in the next elections, have been missing.

The boxes were removed from the storage in Lautoka early this year. Media reports state that 100 boxes were returned, but that there is no trace of the other boxes. The media claims that the boxes are with the military. The military has not commented on this.

Political parties have expressed concern that the missing boxes may be the cause of vote rigging in the next election.

The Elections Office has stated that it is getting new boxed made and that there is no possibility of the missing boxes being used for vote rigging.

Meanwhile the Australian government has announced that it is giving Fiji $1.25m for the elections. The announcement was made by the Australian Ambassador to Fiji, Susan Boyd. Boyd stated: "Australia is contributing $1.25 million towards the costs of this election. The money will be used for the necessary voter education, so that all who vote understand properly the system and their part in it. It will also be used to provide officers from the Australian Electoral Commission, who have been invited to return to Fiji, to assist with training electoral office staff and work with them during the actual elections."

"In addition, we have set aside a further quarter of a million dollars to work with the institutions of the civil society in the context of these elections. Some of this money has already been used for a workshop for the media, to help them understand the processes of the election and how to report appropriately."


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Decriminalising Same-Sex Relationships: UN Rights Chief Applauds Indian Decision

“This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights," Bachelet said. "With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality...” More>>


Myanmar: UN Chief Rohingya Refugee Crisis Enters Second Year

Over 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to ramshackle refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area, Bangladesh after being forced from their homes by a military operation which UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein compared, at the time, to ethnic cleansing. More>>


Scott Morrison In Hot Seat: NZ Congratulates Current Australian PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today congratulated Scott Morrison on winning the leadership of the Australian Liberal Party and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. More>>


Swing States: Gordon Campbell On Why The US Needs MMP

After the bizarre events this week in Helsinki, the world will be hoping and praying that the US midterm elections in November can put a restraining brake on the presidency of Donald Trump. This may happen, but there’s a highly undemocratic reason why such hopes may be frustrated. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC