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Deo questions action by authority officials

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, July 03, 2014

ASPIRING politician Roshika Deo has questioned the actions of Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority officials in taking Taveuni residents' voter registration identification cards for the processing of Fiji National Provident Fund and FRCA joint cards.

Ms Deo said she had not been able to collect the signatures of residents on the island during her last tour because most of them did not have their voter registration ID.

She added that upon investigation with the residents in the South of Taveuni she was told that their cards had been taken by FRCA personnel for the processing of their new FRCA and FNPF joint cards.

"We had been to Taveuni to campaign and collect signatures but we could not do that because the residents of South Taveuni had their voter ID cards with FRCA," she said.

"This is an example of how the bureaucratic system seems to complicate things more when it is supposed to make things easy for people.

"When we asked the people on the island they said that their cards had been taken since April when the FRCA personnel visited the island."

Ms Deo said residents were told they would be mailed their cards and to expect them within a few weeks.

"It is sad that to date the people on the South end of the island are still waiting for their voter ID cards.

"We are talking about 200 to 300 voters here and it is sad that they have to face this sort of situation.

"People have to waste their money travelling to and from the South to Waiyevo just to check their boxes and this costs them money."

Questions sent to FRCA on Thursday last week remained unanswered.

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