Buses on election day

The Fijian Elections Offi ce says bus services on November 14 will operate under the public holiday timetable with additional trips in the morning. Picture: FILE

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association and the Fijian Elections Office have agreed that bus services on November 14 will operate under the public holiday timetable with additional trips in the morning.

In a statement issued yesterday, the FEO said the additional trips would ensure that the members of the public who had to travel to polling venues were able to use the bus services for this purpose.

“It is essential for every Fijian to vote and the FEO is ensuring that it is able to engage all possible stakeholders in this regard to ensure that voters have the access as well as the ability to get to their assigned polling venues, mark their ballot paper and return home,” Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said.

“The 14th of November, being a public holiday, will ensure that all voters who wish to vote on the day have the time free from the requirements of their workplace to mark their ballots.”

The FEO urged all employers who would have their businesses operating on the day to accommodate the constitutional right of Fijians and create an enabling environment where Fijians would be able to attend to their polling venues and mark their ballot paper and return to work without any penalty or repercussions.

“The right to vote must be promoted and respected,” Mr Saneem said.

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