“Consider improvement to Ballot Paper”. Letter to Editor Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, 9 April 2014.
Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Mr Ashwin Raj)
9 April 2014
Small improvement to the Ballot Paper
May I suggest that the voting public and political parties, recommend to the Electoral Commission that they revise the ballot paper so that
(a) different pages or parts are designated to political parties (randomly selected) with their symbols, and one part to Independents
(b) the candidates from each Party (or Independents) are then randomly associated with the numbers in that section by the method currently laid out in the Electoral Regulations.
The voter will then have the relatively easy task of first going to the section corresponding to the party of their choice, and then circling, ticking, or crossing some number corresponding to the chosen candidate.
Should a voter make any mistake in ticking a wrong number, for example ticking an adjacent number, then that vote will still go to the party of his/her choice and no great harm will be done.
Professor Wadan Narsey