2018 general elections: FEO launches awareness campaign

FEO staff (from left) Neelam Mani, Sheenal Singh, Shivika Mala and Natasha Verma at the 2018 General Elections 'Know Your Election' awareness drive launch in Suva today. Picture: JONA KONATACI

FEO staff (from left) Neelam Mani, Sheenal Singh, Shivika Mala and Natasha Verma at the 2018 General Elections 'Know Your Election' awareness drive launch in Suv. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Update: 2:46PM THE Fijian Elections Office today launched the ‘Know Your Election’ awareness campaign in Suva today to educate and inform all voters on the electoral process.

FEO voter services coordinator Aisake Saukawa said as such, they had developed this campaign where voter awareness assistants would visit all communities, settlements, and villages around the country.

He said during those visits, they aimed to provide information on voters’ rights and obligations in the electoral process, and explain the importance and process of voting.

He said there would be 45 voter awareness teams, which would consist of three assistants and a driver for each team.

“They have been trained and will be deployed from tomorrow, travelling quite extensively nationwide for the next six weeks,” Mr Saukawa said.

The FEO today displayed a 3D model of a polling station, flipcharts, election information booklet and awareness materials that will be used by the team during the campaign.

The main tool that will be used to inform and educate voters is the Election Information Booklet, which has been translated into the iTaukei, Hindustani, Chinese, Banaban, and Rotuman languages so that Fijians all over the country are able to read and understand its content at their leisure.