‘No duplication of voters’

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem addresses the media whilst Electronic Voter Registration Coordinator Litia Sema looks on during the Fijian Elections Office press conference yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Fijian Elections Office has reassured people that voter registrations cannot be duplicated.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said his office had set up the electronic voter registration system that directly recorded a person’s biometrics.

Mr Saneem said the system also recorded iris measurements that ensured that if a person had registered, it would not duplicate registration or a fraudulent one.

“This allows FEO, at any point in time to declare the exact number of people that are registered on the roll and we regularly conduct cleaning exercises such as removal of deceased persons or people who have changed their details and addresses on the voters’ list to ensure that it remains current at all times,” he said.

A total of 591,101 people were registered to vote in 2014, Mr Saneem said.

He said in 2016, a total of 607,350 people were registered under the voter registration drives and it increased to 624,404 voters in 2017.

As of September 17, this year, Mr Saneem confirmed that voter registration stood at 634,120.

“So looking at the number of people that we have in our registration system, there is a rough incline of about 15,000 people in a year.

“This also corresponds to an average of around 15,000 to 17,000 students that are in any class in a given year in secondary school or in primary school.

“Based on that data, as well as based on other data that we have just informed you about, the Fijian Elections Office voter roll has recorded a steady incline consistent with the approximate average number of students in a year gap in schools which are our new registrants on an annual registration drive.

“So we are confident that the data the Fijian Elections Office has is accurate data and any other organisation that has published data is welcome to come and verify their data with the Fijian Elections Office voter list in the manner prescribed in the law.”

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