Voter Registration Period Opens For Elections In Fiji

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Public given eight weeks to register for 2014 polls

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 3, 2012) – More than 1,000 voter registration centers will be opened around Fiji as the voter registration process begins today.

Government in a statement has advised Fijians living in and around the cities of Suva/Samabula, Lautoka, Nausori, Levuka, Labasa, and Taveuni to register at designated Voter Registration Centers (VRC).

For those residing outside of these areas, a VRC is scheduled to open in the Lami area at the end of the week, followed by the opening of additional VRCs next Monday.

The entire registration process will take less than three minutes per individual and trained registration clerks will be available to ensure that the process runs smoothly and efficiently.

People are required to provide one form of valid identification, which include birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) card or employment card with a photograph and applicants will fill-out a short registration form and have her or his photograph and thumbprint taken.

Upon completion of the process, the applicant will receive a voter card and will be a registered Fijian voter.

The voter registration systems have been provided by the Canadian Company, CODE, Inc and its biometric technology and electronic voter registry will help ensure accurate voter identification to eliminate voter fraud during elections.

Also, Government is advising all Fijians 18 years and older to register during the eight week period of registration.

[PIR editor’s note: Meanwhile, Fiji Times reports that some religious groups in the country have allegedly refused to register, citing religious beliefs, despite government hopes that all eligible citizens should participate. Fiji Sun reports that Prime Minister Bainimarama instructed all military forces personnel to register during the electronic voter registration activities, urging them to ensure family members followed their example.]

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