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Vote drive ends

Nasik Swami
Saturday, December 08, 2012

THE second phase of voter registration for the 2014 elections ended yesterday.

And large numbers of people turned up at designated centres in Suva to register on the final day.

Speaking to this newspaper at the MHCC registration centre yesterday, retiree Tomasi Rokoura, 65, who came all the way from Naitasiri, said he was excited about the whole process and what it meant.

"I have a right to vote and I want to choose a government that can lead our nation to success," Mr Rokoura said.

He said Fiji's leaders must be corruption-free and assist rural people, adding that the Bainimarama government had done a good job for Fiji and its people.

In a statement, Attorney-General and Elections Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said government wanted every Fijian to have his or her say in the 2014 elections.

As of Tuesday, December 4, close to 11,000 Fijians registered to vote in the second phase of registration while more than 900 people had their details corrected.

"The Bainimarama government is extremely pleased at the high number of potential voters who have taken part in the process. Electronic Voter Registration has been a huge success," he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the fact that close to half a million Fijians had made their way to centres throughout the country showed their commitment to the process and their enthusiasm to take part.

"It bodes very well for a successful election in 2014," he said.