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Poll roll tops 550,000

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ABOUT 550,000 names are listed in the voters registration roll to date.

Deputy Supervisor of Elections Michael Clancy says this is 88 per cent of the estimated number of eligible voters in Fiji.

Speaking at the Fiji Institute of Accountant Congress on Saturday at the Shangri-La's Resort and Spa, Mr Clancy said this was very positive because of the voluntary registration to vote.

Communications Fiji Limited managing director William Parkinson said with about 15 per cent of young people aged 18 to 25 making up the population of Fiji, this group comprised 23 per cent of the voting age population in the September election.

Six political parties are confirmed to contest the election.

For registration of political parties, Mr Clancy said four were registered while two were being processed.

"We are doing overseas registration this month and into next month. In June and July, we are doing a final registration around the whole of Fiji," he said.

He advised about 400 congress participants that they needed to vote at their registered polling stations.

As part of its education awareness, the Elections Office will send teams which will begin from rural areas and work their way back to urban areas to educate them on how to vote by conducting voting exercises.

He said advertisements through the media on this awareness were coming up in a few months.

"People who are overseas or can't get to a polling venue will be eligible to register for a postal vote.

"In remote areas and for the armed forces, there will be pre-poll voting which means we will go out before the election day to conduct voting in those areas and get votes back to our office to be counted on the election night."

He said with voting time scheduled from 7.30am to 6pm on September 17, each polling station would have no more than 500 voters to allow everyone through in a timely and orderly manner.

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