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Voter education

Nasik Swami
Saturday, July 12, 2014

WITH the general election at the helm, more focus has now turned towards voter awareness and education.

On Thursday, 35 young people from around the country engaged in an informative and interactive voter education session with the Fijian Elections Office representatives at the National Youth Forum convened by the Citizens' Constitutional Forum (CCF).

The participants welcomed the visit, saying the session helped them to better understand the election process and how they can vote.

CCF invited the Elections Office to conduct voter education with young people at the National Youth Forum 2014, funded by the European Union and Conciliation Resources.

Participant, University of Fiji student Frances Naruma said the voter education session enabled her to better understand the whole election process.

"The voter education session has informed me of how the Electoral Commission works and the three different types of voting which are pre-polling, postal and on the polling day voting," she said.

"I now have better understanding on how the results will be tallied."

CCF CEO Reverend Akuila Yabaki said with a new system of voting, one person, one vote, one value, working in partnership with the Elections Office was important in assisting young people to learn how to vote.

He said bulk of the country's voters were under the age of 30 and would be first-time voters.

"September 17 marks an important day — a milestone in Fiji's history when citizens are to vote for the return to constitutional democracy and CCF believes it's a day of celebration when power is returned to the people of Fiji," he said.

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