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Mere Naleba
Thursday, December 19, 2013

FIJIANS living illegally overseas can also register to vote in next year's elections.

This was confirmed by Attorney- General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum this week.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the registering team would focus on registering Fijians living in Australia because many Fijians lived there.

He said they hoped to start registering Fijians living overseas from next year.

"Someone asked me if we would register overstayers, yes, of course as far as we are concerned, they are Fijian citizens," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"Whatever their immigration status is in the country where they are living in at the moment —that's not our issue, as long as they are Fijian citizens we will register them.

"So Australia is the big one and we have obviously learnt from the experience in New Zealand.

"There may be an opportunity to go back to New Zealand to register some people who may have missed out."

He said people living overseas would have to first showed their interest by using the website set up by the elections line ministry.

The A-G said when Fijians, including overstayers, show their interest in the website, it would help the elections office in terms of planning.

"You have to ensure that the registration process is completely creditable, otherwise you may have somebody sitting in Sydney and registering 100 people who don't exist, so that's equally important," he said.

"And as you know some people do get to those kinds of activities if given the opportunity."

The voter roll is accessible to members of the public from today.