9 May 2006

Fiji election official admit bungle over numbers voting

8:37 pm on 9 May 2006

The Fiji Elections Office has confirmed that it bungled the figures given earlier for the number of voters who cast their ballots on the first day of the general election.

The supervisor of elections, Semesa Karavaki, had announced that just over 49,000 voters or about 10% of all those registered had cast their votes on Saturday.

Now Mr Karavaki has admitted that the real figure is about 30,000.

Radio Legend quotes Mr Karavaki as saying that as each voter cast two votes, one for a communal seat and another for an Open seat, some officials had mistaken the number of votes cast for the number of people who had voted.

This had resulted in the doubling of actual number of people who voted.

Mr Karavaki says another 29,000 people cast their votes on Monday, taking the total for the first two days to about 59,000 or just over 12% of those registered to vote.