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Registration in Australia

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FIJIANS living in Australia are travelling long distances to register at election registration centres set up in four cities.

A Ministry of Information statement said registration would continue in major cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The 13-member team from the Elections Office conducting registration in Australia will also travel to the Fijian communities in Central Coast in New South Wales, in the Blue Mountains, Geelong, Ballarat, Townsville, Cairns and other centres in Adelaide, South Australia on Saturday.

Elections chief registrar Mohammed Saneem said the team was prepared to get all Fijians registered even if it meant travelling to "wherever Fijians are living in any significant number to cast the net as wide as possible".

The statement said Fijians were travelling from rural areas in Australia to register to be part of the September general elections.

According to the statement, a Fijian living in Perth travelled some 4000km and paid $2000 to travel from Perth to the registration centre opened at the Canterbury Church in Sydney to register.

Joe Andrews from the mining town of Mount Isa located in Central Queensland also travelled to Brisbane covering about 2000km to register his identity for the upcoming elections.

"I am grateful to the Elections Office for coming to Australia so that Fiji citizens like me are able to participate in the elections," he said in the statement.Travelling to come and register is the least I can do and I'm pleased that my country allows me this privilege.

"The Fijian Government has done its part and I am doing my part as a proud Fijian."

The Elections Office team returns on Sunday.

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