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Voters raise concern

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, February 14, 2014

THE office of the Electoral Commission will conduct a voter education drive to get people up to par with the elections process.

Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed this after hearing concerns from villagers on Kadavu of their confusion on the voting process.

The government delegation was made aware of these concerns during a tour by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to the island this week.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there would be a massive voter education on how to vote and how the system operated.

"We are always open to people approaching us for any clarification regarding the elections," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said on Wednesday.

Jojina Bolakoro, 59, said they were confused with the elections process.

She said although they had registered through the electronic voter registration (EVR), they were not aware of the processes to vote.

Mere Nawalowalo said one of the main problems was the language barrier, and claimed registration team members only spoke English and failed to explain the process in the iTaukei language.

"We only registered for the sake of registering because the EVR team came and we had to abide with the government's plans," she said.