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Electoral Commission put on notice

CHAIRMAN of the Motu Koita Assembly Dadi Toka Jnr has written to the Chief Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai to delay the issuing of writs for Motu Koita elections because more than 8000 voters’ names are missing from the Electoral Roll.

Toka Jnr in his letter to Sinai raised serious concerns over the Motu Koita Assembly (MKA) 2023 Election working Roll.

“It is my understanding that the 2023 Working Roll ought to have been the 2018 Roll.

We are informed that this is not the case, and uncertain of the origin of this 2023 Working Roll.

“Considering the major discrepancies highlighted in the above analysis it has come to light that all the 2023 MKA Working Rolls have been compromised,” Toka Jnr said.

“We note that your returning officer and his team will claim that the numbers can be rectified through the Comon roll update process but this is highly risky and doubtful as the update exercise will only run for five days based on current information, and we are of the view that 8000 plus electors cannot be added on to the working roll in five days.”

“We inform you now that these discrepancies are of a very serious nature, with the following critical areas to consider:

54% Electors illegally removed from 2018 Electoral Roll is very alarming.

Seating mandated leaders name to be non-existent in the Working Roll is disrespectful and a serious blunder;

“It is as the mandated leader of the Motu Koita People, that this Roll Update Exercise or roll-out be corrected before the Issue of Writs.

We request your good office to instruct your relevant Electoral Commission Officers to immediately utilise the 2018 MKA Common Roll to update the 2023 MKA Working Roll.

“Legal advice has been sought on this urgent matter