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Grace extends for birth registrations

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

THE amnesty of late registrations of birth has been extended.

And the usual fee of $11.50 will also be waived for registrations made more than 12 months after birth.

The extension follows a request from a government team conducting registrations in the Lau Group.

The amnesty extension was granted by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said an Information Ministry statement yesterday. "The demand for this service is so high in Lau that the team needs more time to finish their work and make sure no Fijian is left behind," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in the statement.

"A birth certificate is a Fijian's ultimate proof of identity and they need one to access important services like education, social welfare, health care and registering to vote."

He said the government was working towards tackling the issues of unregistered births in the country.

The final figures will be released after the completion of the exercise.

Those who have yet to register their children are being encouraged to do so while the amnesty extension is in place.

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