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'20pc to register'

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

THE Fiji Labour Party believes about 20 per cent of eligible voters are yet to be registered for the 2014 election.

Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry claimed the highest number of unregistered voters were in Ba, Naitasiri, Macuata and Nadroga/ Navosa provinces.

Mr Chaudhry claimed 20 per cent of the voting population in Ba, 27 per cent in Naitasiri, 22 per cent in Macuata and 21 per cent in Nadroga/Navosa provinces were yet to register.

He said 26 per cent of eligible voters in Rotuma were also yet to register.

The FLP leader suggested the Elections Office should make house-to-house visits in rural areas, as was done in the past, to ensure that most, if not all eligible voters, were registered.

"Moreover, to facilitate public access to the National Register of Voters, copies should be made available at all times at district offices, provincial and municipal council offices and in remote centres, at post offices or other government agencies," he suggested.

"Registered political parties should be given soft copies of the voter rolls. It should also be placed online for viewing. The rolls should be fully and readily available and accessible to the public."

Mr Chaudhry also said the absence of electoral legislation was affecting the work of political parties with regards to their voter education program.

While releasing the National Register of Voters last week, the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said: "The rules pertaining to the elections are currently being drafted."

He said once the rules were gazetted, a training would be conducted for political parties on how the rules work.

"The workshop is to take them (political party members) through the rules so that they fully understand it," he had said.

Some centres are still open for people to register themselves to vote in the election scheduled to be held before the end of September next year.