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Check names, SODELPA urges

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party has urged its supporters to check their names on the National Register of Voters.

SODELPA general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said people who wanted to view the register to check their names could also visit the party's office.

"If they find anything wrong in their names, address or anything else, then they can ask the Elections Office to correct things," he said.

"But at a glance of the register, we found some errors like names of people and villages being misspelt and the names of voters appearing in the wrong divisions.

"For example, we found the names of some people registered in Suva appearing in the Northern Division's list of voters.

"There will be some errors coming up and therefore it's critical that people who have registered to vote check their names in the register. We urge our voters to check their names."

Mr Tabaiwalu also said the government should set up more places to enable people to check their names on the register.

He said more centres were needed in peri-urban and rural areas to make things easier for voters as far as checking the register was concerned.

"We have also asked the Elections Office for electronic copies of the register because it will make things easier, as we are on the ground at all times.

"If we have electronic copies, then it will be much easier than carrying the heavy book (register) around to the places we visit.

"The electronic copy of the register can be on our laptop and we can check the names there and then when visiting any area."

In the meantime, the party's aspiring candidates are moving around in their areas with the aim to secure votes in the 2014 election to win seats in parliament.

The party has called for expressions of interest from people who want to contest the election under the SODELPA banner. Applications close on December 31.

Mr Tabaiwalu said with the national register out now, the party was waiting for the announcement of the electoral legislation, and the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections.