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Elections Office launches month-long school voter registration drive

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has launched a month-long “School Voter Registration Drive”. Supervisor of Elections Mr. Mohammed Saneem said the voter Registration teams will be deployed to secondary schools around the country to register new eligible voters. SANEEM: “Students enrolled in years 12 and 13 will be visited by the EVR teams during this monthlong drive, […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 3, 2016 6:31 am

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has launched a month-long “School Voter Registration Drive”.

The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem (Peni Shute)
The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem. (FILE)

Supervisor of Elections Mr. Mohammed Saneem said the voter Registration teams will be deployed to secondary schools around the country to register new eligible voters.

SANEEM: “Students enrolled in years 12 and 13 will be visited by the EVR teams during this monthlong drive, giving them an opportunity to choose to register to vote in general elections. Our teams will also be running information sessions on voter eligibility and the Fijian Electoral System.”

During this registration drive, the FEO intends to register approximately 7,000 eligible voters.

The FEO had registered 7,102 students last year during its Phase I School Voter Registration Drive. The total number of registered voters currently is 598,522.

Current statistics reveal that 18422 voters on the National Register of Voters are between 18 and 20 years of age.

The FEO will cover 178 secondary schools throughout Fiji in the month-long exercise following approval from the Ministry of Education. The proposed schedules have been forwarded to heads of all schools as well to allow them to inform all the students.

The proposed schedules have been forwarded to heads of all schools as well to allow them to inform all the students.

SANEEM: “Continuous updating of the voter roll is regarded as an internationally recognized electoral best practice and the FEO will continue to explore opportunities to allow newly eligible voters to register.”

Schedules for the school visits will be published in the daily newspapers and can be accessed F website.

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