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Births registration encouraging

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

VILLAGERS and residents within the province of Bua made use of the free services provided by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages Department to register their young ones during the Asco Motors Bua showcase last month.

Speaking at the event in Nabouwalu, department official Serafina Tamanisaqa said they had earlier conducted awareness in the province for the need to register their young ones.

Ms Tamanisaqa said it was really good to see the huge turnout during the showcase.

"Most of the districts within the Bua province are located within the highlands making it hard for district members to travel to either Nabouwalu or Labasa to register their young ones," she said.

"The registration that we did during the showcase was free and part of the amnesty period that the department is currently offering.

"Normally, the fees for registration cost $11.50 but this is a good opportunity for those not registered yet because it is free."

Ms Tamanisaqa said it was vital to have everyone registered to strengthen government's civil registration and vital statistics system.

"We also need to state here that registration done by the department is totally different from those carried out by the Ministry of iTaukei, which is the registration of iTaukei people in the Vola ni Kawa Bula.

"After registering with us, iTaukei people need to take their birth, death or marriage certificates to their respective provincial administration office or iTaukei administration offices so that they can be registered into the VKB.

"Most times, people mistake our registration as the VKB registration and this is not so."

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