Fiji Attorney-General Calls On Public To Register For Elections

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Only registered voters will be allowed to participate in 2014 polls

By Torika Tokalau

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 7, 2012) – There is no law in place that makes it compulsory for people to register to vote in the 2014 general elections, said Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday.

But nevertheless, Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said they were appealing to the public to register to vote for the 2014 elections.

However, we want to urge all Fijians over the age of 18 years old to register to vote.

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said the Constituency Boundaries Commission would be finalized following the constitutional consultation process and the finalizing of the draft constitution.

The establishment of the Constituency Boundaries Commission will happen in due course.

We have a recommendation from the National Council for Building a Better Fiji to use the existing division boundaries for proportional representation on multi member constituencies, said Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum.

The Elections Office is expected to begin awareness on the Electronic Voting Registration (EVR) from next week through the media.

Major Isoa Loanakadavu, the team leader for logistics said in an earlier interview that they would be working on advertising to put out more public awareness on EVR.

This will include an official website, radio and television announcement, billboards etc, he said.

This will ensure that the public is fully aware of the importance of registration leading up to the election.

The public will also be made aware of voting registration centers (VRC) close to them through radio announcement and through newspaper advertisement.

The public will be reminded that only registered voters will be allowed to vote during elections and one can only have a say in the next elected government come the national election if he or she is a registered voter with EVR identification card.

Major Loanakadavu also said that anyone in Fiji looking to participate in building a better Fiji should take part in the election process.

This is the beginning of the election process and you will only become part of the election process through registration during the EVR, he said.

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