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More voters register

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

ATTORNEY-GENERAL and Minister responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says more Fijians are registered to vote now than at any time in the history of the nation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum thanked the efforts of the Elections Office and the use of the new electronic voter registration system.

"As of the end of November, more than 540,000 Fijians have registered to vote in next year's election," he said in a statement.

"This registration process is more successful, transparent and precise than any before. It is designed to avoid the anomalies and fraud that took place in past elections.

"It is a national issue of interest to all Fijians, regardless of individual political preferences.

"Therefore, it is unfortunate that some politicians are attempting to manipulate voter registration into a political issue and undermine the process by using false and outdated numbers to get attention for themselves."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in addition, any calculation of the exact number of Fijians who have not yet registered to vote was inaccurate, at best.

"The voter registration effort that is being conducted throughout Fiji and including the tens of thousands of Fijians living overseas is an ongoing outreach program that has received positive feedback from Fijians, our development partners and international commentators.

"The results so far, the National Register of Voters, is available to everyone. Fijians can verify their information online as well. Next year, the elections office plans another phase of voter registration to sign up all eligible Fijians who want to vote, including those who have only recently turned 18."