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Dept comments on bibles at polls
22 May 2015 16:04
After reports of objections at some polling stations this morning to Bibles being on display, the Department of Environment has said they are for use in cases where a presiding officer asks a voter with no identification to swear an oath.
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Someone who is asked to make an oath or an affirmation can use the bible, the department spokesperson said.
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He added it is not intended to be an affront to minority religions or those with no religious affiliation, who can make an affirmation instead of a religious oath.
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If a voter is asked to take an oath or an affirmation, it is up to the voter to decide which to take.
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Once the oath or affirmation is taken in these circumstances, voting can then continue, the spokesperson said.
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