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Election officials to tour group

Nasik Swami
Monday, January 13, 2014

PEOPLE in the Lau Group will have the chance to check their details in the National Register of Voters and also register to vote in the upcoming general elections in September this year.

An Information Ministry statement released yesterday reported a team from the Elections Office would start their 11- day tour today.

The statement reported that the team from the Elections Office would be joined by staff from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office, who will encourage those whose birth has not been officially registered to come forward and do so.

This includes not only children, but adults who may not have been registered at birth and as a consequence do not have marriage certificates because these require a birth certificate.

Minister for Justice and Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the Bainimarama government was committed to providing these important services to people living in isolated communities, who would normally not have easy access to them.

"Fijians in the Lau Group will be able to check their entries in the Nation Register of Voters and those not yet registered to vote, including those who have recently turned 18, will be able to do so," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The government was also concerned that many deaths in isolated areas were not being formally registered.

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