Fiji To Launch Third Phase Of Voter Registration

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AG Sayed-Khaiyum reiterates call for citizens to sign-up

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, May 13, 2013) – With 505,036 voters already registered, Fiji’s government will commence a new phase of Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) for the 2014 parliamentary election on June 3.

The Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said EVR would resume in Naitasiri, Rewa, Ba and Macuata.

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said those areas were identified after the first and second rounds last year recorded a lower proportion of registrations than other parts of the country.

He said teams from the Elections Office would visit the various areas over a four-week period until June 29.

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum has urged all Fijians over the age of 18 who live in the targeted areas and have not yet registered to do so.

"Only those who have registered will be able to vote next year so it is obviously important that Fijians take advantage of this phase."

He added that those who had already been registered would have the opportunity to check their registration details with the various roving teams.

"We want to ensure that anyone who is eligible to register is registered and to make sure that their details are correct."

A valid identification — a birth certificate, driver's license, passport, Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) card or employment card with photograph — is required for registration.

The EVR process in Fiji started in June last year.

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