THE Youth and Sports Ministry is working with key stakeholders for a formal engagement that will encourage students to register and vote in the elections.
In an interview with The Fiji Times yesterday, ministry permanent secretary Joseva Sania said the ministry had issued a statement to all schools for the preparation of students who would be eligible to vote.
Mr Sania said his ministry was engaging youths in its activities and encouraging them to register.
"For us, we continue to encourage youths in their various youth groups wherever we meet in the various training centres when we conduct outreach programs and empowerment and seeds of success training," Mr Sania said.
In his speech to Queen Victoria School cadets yesterday, Youth and Sports Minister Commander Viliame Naupoto said it was important for youths to have their say in the elections.
"For the first time, 18-year-olds will have the right to vote, this means that those of you who are now 17 and over will have the right to vote in 2014," Commander Naupoto said.
"That voting right gives you the privilege to have your say as to who represents you in the type of parliamentary system that the people of this country will decide in the next few months.
"I urge all of you who will be eligible to vote in 2014 to register so that you can exercise your right."
Electronic voter registration is in its first week and as of yesterday more than 9142 voters have registered at electronic voter registration centres nationwide.