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Mar 3, 2015

Josephine Tamai Clarifies Assertions by P.U.P.

Josephine Tamai

Last Wednesday, the People’s United Party issued a terse release criticizing the Elections and Boundaries Department for failing to consult with them on a number of issues, including the prompt settling by the department of those polling stations that were not yet agreed upon, the final location of all counting stations and the number of individual ballot boxed that will be counted simultaneously.  This afternoon, the Chief Elections Officer clarified the matter by stating that there was no response indicating discontent or objection on the part of the candidates and their respective parties.

 

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

“We had a meeting with the political parties and all political candidates on the third of February.  In that meeting we gave all the parties a draft of the polling and counting stations that we had.  In that meeting we also agreed that the political parties, the candidates would have a deadline of midday on Thursday, February fifth, to provide feedback to us so that we can look at whatever they were changing because, like I said, it was just a draft.  It was a proposal for them.  Based on the information we received we had to make certain changes in other instances.  Some of the parties agreed with what we had and I will tell you that I responded to a letter written by the People’s United Party on the ninth of February raising some of the same concerns that I believe you are referring to, where those issues were addressed in addition to other issues.  So for anybody to say that we did not consult, we just went ahead and made the decision, and I will also go further and tell you that on the seventeenth of February, to the parties we submitted the list of polling and counting stations and nobody made or gave any feedback, gave any comment to say, “you know what I do not agree with this or I agree with that.”  By law we have to publish our stations, so not hearing from them we have to take it as though they are in agreement because, as I said, we have deadlines in terms of meeting newspapers, in terms of doing anything.”

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