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Teams to visit Aussie

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

FIJIANS living in Australia will now be able to vote come the September election.

And the Fijian Elections Office announced yesterday that registration will begin next week.

A statement issued from the Ministry of Information says five registration teams from the Elections Office will register potential voters from February 14 to 22 at multiple locations across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, including Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The teams will also visit other major towns and cities in these three states, such as Penrith, Griffith, Ballarat, Banyo, and Cairns and the complete program is available on the Elections Office website or from the Fiji High Commission in Canberra.

The statement says that every Fijian over the age of 18 is encouraged to come forward and is required to produce a valid Fijian passport.

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Chen Bunn Young, said the commission would be working closely with the permanent secretary Responsible for Elections, Mohammed Saneem, and the Fiji High Commission to oversee this important undertaking.

"This is the chance for Fijians in Australia to register to make their voices heard in the 2014 General Election and I urge them to take advantage of the opportunity," he said.

Announcing the details of the registration drive, Mr Saneem urged potential voters to check the official program that is available on the Elections Office website or from the Fiji High Commission.

"It is very important that people check the program to know when a team will be visiting a town or city near them,"Mr Saneem said.

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