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48 hour blackout kicks in

07:10 Mon Sep 15, 2014

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Ritika Pratap

The 48 hour blackout period kicks in from 7.30am today.

Under the Electoral Decree all campaign materials, advertising must stop and media reports must cease until the end of polling on Wednesday.

During the blackout period prohibited activities include:

Media not printing, publishing or broadcast any campaign advertisement, no debate or interview on any election issue and no interviews with politicians or political parties may be conducted.

Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem is urging all Fijians to abide by the law.

“Electoral matter for your information is defined as a matter that affects or is intended or likely to affect voting in an election and at this point I would like to clarify that this is applicable to any information that will be published in Fiji. The blackout applies if it is going to be covered in Fiji – so as per the accreditation you agreed to apply and respect the law of the country so we expect everybody to take adherence to that.”

Saneem has confirmed the blackout applies to the social media and the internet as well.

“They should respect the blackout period as well and if they re tweet something or they do campaigning on Facebook or publish electoral matter on the Facebook post the blackout period it will be up to the authorities on how they will treat with the matter.”

Under the Electoral Decree the Media Industry Development Authority has allowed the broadcast and publication of information issued by the Fijian Elections Office.

Saneem has advised all political parties to ensure that banners, posters and any other campaign materials are taken down by 7.30am.

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