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EVR exceeds 500,000

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MORE than half a million Fijians have registered under the Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) to vote in the 2014 national elections.

According to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the tally for the second round of EVR, which ran from November 10 to December 7, stood at 17,295.

This, he said, was in addition to the 487,293 who registered during the first round of registration from July to September.

He said the 504,588 registered Fijian voters represent more than 80 per cent of the estimated number of eligible voters.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji had marked another milestone in its path to true parliamentary democracy with the announcement that more than half a million Fijians had registered.

"This marked another significant achievement in Fiji's EVR," he said.

"We are happy and proud that the Fijian people have shown such a strong commitment to this process.

"The impressive turnout is a clear indication that Fijians are keen to participate in true parliamentary democracy for the first time in Fiji's history."

He said some registration teams from the outer islands were still to report their figures.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said after the first round of registration, 30 trained clerks scrutinised the voter list and removed 1441 problematic entries.

He said 2000 corrections were made to those who had incorrectly submitted an address and other necessary information.

"Registration will now close while the Elections Office processes the new registrations and cleanses the list of fraudulent or duplicate entries.

Registration will continue in 2013, notably for Fijians living overseas.

"The 2014 parliamentary elections will be the first in Fiji's history in which every vote will be counted equally and Fijians will not be forced to vote along racial lines," he said.