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Half of registered voters below 35

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

THE Fijian Elections Office yesterday revealed that of the 554,000 registered voters, about 240,000 voters are below the age of 35.

And 28 per cent of the registered voters will vote for the first time, come September 17.

Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem made the revelation at the launch of the voter awareness campaign at Suva's Civic Centre yesterday.

Mr Saneem said with the voting block mainly comprising the internet savvy population, the Elections Office would also focus on creating awareness on social networks. Electoral Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young said the awareness program for the general election was important.

"This is done as a result of one of the constitutional obligations of the Electoral Commission in order to carry out voter education," Mr Young said.

He said the commission believed voter education was as important as the act of voting. "In fact, it can hardly be doubted that the most important stakeholder in an election are the voters themselves.

"To this end, the informative materials are designed to inform the Fijian public in an easy step by step manner and seek to explain — who can vote, how can you vote, when can you vote, where can you vote and what happens to your vote."

Voter education will be carried out nationwide by the Elections Office.

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