VOTING at next year's elections will be conducted in one day and the results would be posted within 24 hours of the end of the election process, said Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Speaking at the opening of the new Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry and Elections Registry Office in Lautoka yesterday, he said government was working with development partners to ensure elections were held in a transparent and efficient manner when the country goes to the polls in September next year.
"We will ensure that the Elections Office has the resources to conduct elections in one day and results come out within 24 hours at least and voters do not spend hours on end in a queue," he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added that the new Constitution was well received so far by development partners and some politicians.
"It appears our development partners are happy with it, several emphatic statements have been made today and this is what we are focused on to ensure elections are held in a credible and transparent manner."
The A-G said the opening of Lautoka's permanent Election Registry Office would provide an opportunity for people living in the Western Division who had not yet registered to have their say in the 2014 elections.
"This marks the beginning of the final phase of onshore registration," he said.
"In the coming weeks and months, permanent registration centres will open in major centres around Fiji.
"These centres will give Fijians the opportunity to register at their convenience before the election writs are issued, especially young Fijians as they turn 18."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added that apart from recording new registrations, the Lautoka facility would also give registered voters an opportunity to check registration details for accuracy and make any necessary amendments.
Located at the new Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry at Level 1 of the Rajendra Prasad Foodtown Westfield Building, the Elections Registry Office is one of two established in the country.
The other is located at the ground floor of Namuka House in Labasa.
Work is in progress on the upgrade of facilities at the Suva registry.