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Tips for headmen

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, July 17, 2014

ELECTIONS supervisor Mohammed Saneem has reminded village headmen from Naitasiri, Rewa and Tailevu that they play a pivotal role ahead of the September general election.

In yesterday's workshop attended by about 100 village headmen and district advisory councillors, Mr Saneem reminded them they hold positions of significance in their communities.

"We have the task of making sure that every voter is aware of when, where and how to vote.

"So today's program is to provide you as a community leader with information on the elections so that you become part of the Fiji wide program to inform the voter," Mr Saneem said.

"The program for you today has been customised to provide you with detailed information on some aspects of the election to allow you to become a community information point.

"The Elections Office has already deployed teams to villages around the country and so when our voter awareness teams come around to your area in the next few days and weeks I humbly ask that you assist them to raise awareness about how to vote, where to vote and other election related matters."

He told the headmen it was a fact that this was a new system, however, as Fijians we all need to work together to familiarise ourselves and also create awareness in our communities on when, where and how to vote.

He added that an election was decided on the number of valid votes there were and it was the responsibility of every Fijian to register, learn to vote and then eventually cast a valid vote.

"We don't expect you to be experts about elections when you finish today, however we know you will be better informed and be able to increase awareness about the electoral process wherever you work, reside or visit."