NON-Governmental organisations (NGOs) and political parties that are advising people not to register under the electronic voting registration system will be at a serious disadvantage once the government rolls out new rules governing the registration or re-registration of political parties in the country.
Attorney-General and Minister for Electoral Reform Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said under the new system, which would be ready in a few weeks, only those that registered under the EVR would be allowed to subscribe to political parties.
"The EVR exercise is ending this weekend so we urge people to register themselves," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"We know that there are certain sections within society, NGOs and political parties, that have been telling people not to get registered," he said.
"It is an apolitical process and you need to be registered.
"In particular now if we are going to have political parties registered or re-registered. The only way they can do so is by having enough subscribers that have a voter identification number which can only be obtained by registering under the EVR," he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said government hoped to have the new rules surrounding the registration and re-registration of political parties ready in a few weeks.
"We hope to have this in place in the next few weeks because it is important vis-a-vis the constituent assembly. We need to iron that part of the process fairly early," he said.