Yestrerday, the Fijian Elections Office officially printed the 700,000th ballot paper – the final paper for Fiji’s big day – the September 17 national election. The papers have been bound into 14,000 books and have been transported in a total of 467 boxes, the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, confirmed yesterday morning at a press conference at Star Printery in Suva. “The Fijian Elections Office wishes to advise that as of now, we have finished the printing and compilation of the ballot papers. The last batch was just dispatched to a secure facility,” Mr Saneem said. “We have printed 700,000 ballot papers and they are bound into 14,000 books and we have transported them across in 467 boxes. We used a total of 8770kg of paper for printing the ballot papers.”
Although the FEO was unable to release the total amount of money paid to Star Printery for the printing of the ballot papers, Mr Saneem said a figure would be made available shortly after the election.
He also said that in terms of pre-polling, the turn-out over the past week was very encouraging and looked to gain traction.
Full Article: Final number – Fiji Times Online.