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$180k print job

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FIJIANS who still have not registered and those turning 18 years in January can still register their names to be part of the election next year.

The printing of the 40 sets of National Register of Voters cost the elections line ministry $180,000.

"We intend to print more and the 40 sets will be distributed across the country," Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"These books will need to be updated because there will be people who will need to be included in these rolls.

"We published this as a provisional roll and it tells you the period of registration as at 15th November."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the idea of increasing the number of polling stations was to make voting an easy chore.

He said Fijians who could not vote at the polling stations would be eligible for the advance voting system, similar to the ones used in Australia.

He added arrangements would be made to cater for troops serving in overseas countries, as well as Fijians working abroad.

"We've also highlighted in various public gatherings that employers also need to be understanding.

"There are some employment conditions that require them to work on shift basis; they may need to be given a couple of hours to get out of work to vote."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said four experts were now working on logistics to help the smooth running of the elections next year.