2018 General Election: 110 fail to vote

77-year-old Apisai Rokoduna is being assisted by FEO officials at Vesi village. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

ONLY one voter of the 110 who did not cast their votes at Naiviivi Village on Qamea Island had to be turned away because she did not have her voter registration card.

When contacted yesterday afternoon, village headman Pasilio Sova said 109 voters failed to turn up at the polling venue.

Earlier in the day when he spoke to this newspaper, Mr Sova said of the 110 who did not cast their vote, some were too weak to walk to the polling site because of old age, others had their voter registration cards but had their names missing from the voter register, while some had their names in the register but did not have their voter registration cards.

Yesterday, Mr Sova maintained that out of 300 registered voters in the village, 110 voters did not cast their votes.

“I am wondering if these people can be taken to task or investigated for not making an effort to cast their votes,” he said.

The neighbouring village of Dreketi had six voters who were told to cast their votes at Onodere Village today.

Dreketi village headman Peni Nakasamai said of the six voters, one elderly woman was turned away because she did not have her voter registration card.

Ms Nakasamai said of the 74 registered voters in the village, 68 cast their votes.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said they received confirmation from the village headman of Naiviivi that he didn’t recall anybody being turned away.

He said the village heads had signed off the voter list.

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