Update voter cards, party leader urges

Peoples Alliance Party Leader Sitiveni Rabuka during the press conference at Holiday Inn. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU/FILE

The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka recently warned that many of his supporters maybe “disenfranchised and not allowed to vote” because of the surname change requirements and changing of voter cards from green to blue.

He was speaking in Tavua at the launch of the district office where he urged the village headmen and turaganikoro to take steps to ensure everyone in the village changed their voter cards and were on the provisional roll.

“There are a lot of people that are saying that they support the party,” the former prime minister said.

“It will be a big problem that a majority of us will not be able to vote.

“That is our plea, for everyone to see their cards again. If you still have the green card, change it to the blue card.

“If you have the blue card, you have to make sure that the card has your polling station number.

“If it doesn’t have a polling station number, you have to change it and when you go and change it, please take your birth certificate with you.

“To you, the village headmen, please see the provisional roll that will be given. All the names should be active.”

Mr Rabuka said no one should be turned away from their polling station on polling day.

“Some have turned 18 and are eligible to vote, please ensure their names are on the voter roll.

“From this time until the time that the current administration will step down, that will be the only time that you can change your voter card.”

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