8 May 2006

Fiji voting resumes after chaotic start on Saturday

1:33 pm on 8 May 2006

Polling on the second day of the Fiji general election today is relatively better than the chaos, confusion and long delays experienced on Saturday.

But problems still persist with some polling stations running out of ballot papers.

Radio Legend reports that in the west voters who found themselves registered in the wrong contingency were told to vote there rather than in the constituency where they live.

In other cases, many voters who had registered but found that their names were not on the final electoral rolls could not vote.

In one case an elderly ethnic Indian women in Rewa found herself registered in an indigenous Fijian communal roll.

One polling station in a squatter settlement in Suva was forced to close because of wet and muddy conditions.

The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says everybody was disappointed with what happened on Saturday when a lot of inconvenience was caused to the public.

Mr Qarase says the supervisor of elections, Semesa Karavaki, has accepted responsibility and apologized, and he hopes the rest of the polling will go smoothly.