Fiji Voter Education To Begin On June 16

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First 18 ‘civic educators’ to be joined by 22 others to provide trainings

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 10, 2014) – The Fijian Elections Office will begin its voter education programme on June 16.

This was confirmed yesterday after 18 civic educators were inducted by the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

"The civic educators are part of the Voter Education Programme which kicks off on June 16th." Speaking to the new 18 civic educators, Saneem said the task entrusted to them was an important one where their responsibility was to explain the new electoral system to the Fijian people so that voters were prepared for Election Day by knowing how to vote and how their votes would be counted.

"We will soon recruit 22 more civic educators to compliment your work; the 2014 Election is a historic occasion in our nation's history and the Fijian people have great expectations of us.

It is up to us to uphold these expectations." "Through the course of your training, we will teach you how to use simple language to explain the different issues, although you must be aware that some people will understand the new system straight away, while others might need a little more time." "I expect that you will remain calm, approachable, friendly and patient under any circumstance.

Remember to always treat others the way you would expect to be treated yourselves," Saneem said.

The civic educators will go out in to the communities around the country to educate and help inform the general public on the 2014 General Elections and this is the first batch of civic educators.

Saneem reminded the new recruits that they would be required to work according to a plan and to listen to instructions of the coordinators.

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