THE national register of voters is and has always been available to individuals and political parties for inspection.
A Ministry of Information statement said the national register was available to individuals and political parties at their request, as outlined in Section 15 of the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Decree 2012.
The statement was issued in response to comments made by Social Democratic Liberal Party spokesman Dr Tupeni Baba in The Fiji Times yesterday.
Dr Baba said earlier the transparent principle should be adopted and the list of registered voters made available.
He said according to a recent Information Ministry statement, about 540,000 voters had registered so far.
"We have not received any provisional rolls to enable the people to check those rolls for themselves and to see whether members of their communities, villages and settlements have been enrolled," he said.
The statement said the article headlined "Party wants roll call" reporting Dr Baba's comments was factually incorrect.
"In fact, we have been informed by the acting permanent secretary for Justice, Mohammed Saneem, that on April 17, three SODELPA representatives, Ratu Dovi, Ratu Sikeli and Sekeli Duri Loco inspected the register on behalf of their party," the statement said.
However, Dr Baba said the SODELPA officials only inspected the corrections in the list of 8300 signatures given for the registration of the party.
"We put in 8300 signatures instead of the 5000 required to register a political party and there were some corrections to it," he said.
"The officials asked to see the actual roll but they were just given a restricted time only to view it. We wanted to have a hard copy of the provisional roll but we didn't get it," said Dr Baba.