FIJI TO REGISTER OVERSEAS VOTERS

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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, March 6) – A team from the Fiji embassy in Washington D.C. started voter registration for Fiji nationals in America, Canada and Mexico yesterday.

"We expect the names of all Fiji nationals in these countries to reach our office before the end of this month and those registering will include Fiji nationals who are overseas on work, education, holiday and health reasons," said Supervisor of Election Semesa Karavaki.

He said other overseas Fiji embassies had sent their registration forms and the officers from the respective Fiji overseas missions would conduct the voting procedures for the general election scheduled for May 6 to 13.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Labor Party has formally lodged a police complaint against the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party's welfare scheme.

Deputy Opposition leader Poseci Bune lodged the complaint with the Commissioner of Police, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Electoral Commission on Thursday.

"There should also be an inquiry with respect to where the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party received its funding from for such a purpose, to satisfy taxation and other statutory requirements," Bune said.

The Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party said its welfare scheme was funded by the Duavata Initiative Trust, a company established to procure funds for the party.

March 7, 2006

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