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Litia Cava
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

AWARENESS officials of the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) were reminded not to be influenced by external factors when conducting community awareness on the 2018 General Election.

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra stressed this while officiating at the opening of the three-day voter awareness officials training session in Suva yesterday.

Mr Chandra said the civic trainers would be responsible to explain the electoral system to voters so that they were aware of how to cast their votes, when to vote and where to vote. He said they would also be advising voters that their votes would be counted. "There will be times when you are faced by those who might try to discredit you, belittle the work you are doing or ask you to bend the rules," Mr Chandra said.

"Do not change what you will learn in training just because someone does not like it."

Mr Chandra said officials would be taught on how to use simple language to explain the different issues to people.

He said FEO was committed in ensuring that the 2018 General Election would be a platform for all Fijians to express their will with confidence, security and freedom.

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