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Turnout pleases registration officials

Tevita Vuibau
Sunday, June 01, 2014

THE Fiji Elections Office says it is pleased with the turnouts at the fourth voter registration drive that began in Suva and Nausori areas yesterday.

Ten stations were opened to cater to those wishing to register and eventually exercise their right to vote in September.

Talei Tora from the Elections Office said it was very encouraging to see Fijians taking advantage of the fourth phase of voter registration.

"We started at 10 this morning and there was quite a large number of voters coming to register and as you can see this is quite an encouraging crowd," she said.

She explained that while provisional number for the new registrations were unavailable yesterday, the Elections Office was pleased with the more than 550,000 people already registered.

"We are hoping that more Fijians will be encouraged by our commitment that we are showing towards elections on September 17 and we will take advantage of this registration drive before this phase ends on July 9," she said.

And while the rush to register enters its fourth phase, recruitment drives are also continuing as the Elections Office works towards recruiting 14,000 people needed to act as polling day officials.

"We've got the polling day recruitment happening around the country as we speak," Ms Tora said.

"The team is in the Western Division and we will go out to each polling division because we hope to employ people from within that district because they best understand their voters and speak the dialect etc.

"So far we don't have provisional numbers but I can say that it was encouraging on the first two days as we recruited more than 2000 in Suva alone."

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