August 24, 2016 2:31 pm

Elections voter services centre opened in Suva

In an effort to assist the public with the replacement of lost and damaged voter registration cards, the Fijian Elections Office today opened it’s first Voter Registration Services Centre in Thomson street, Suva. Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem said the Centre is a pilot program that the Fijian Elections Office is launching and is […]

In an effort to assist the public with the replacement of lost and damaged voter registration cards, the Fijian Elections Office today opened it’s first Voter Registration Services Centre in Thomson street, Suva.

The Fijian Elections Office Voter Services Centre, located at Thompson street in Suva. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
The Fijian Elections Office Voter Services Centre, located at Thompson street in Suva. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem said the Centre is a pilot program that the Fijian Elections Office is launching and is part of its 2018 ‘Expansion Program’.

SANEEM: “We are starting with the central division, Suva because it is accessiable for FEO itself to carry out this kind of program, so we can do some tests and see the responses in Suva to the voter services centre. The idea is to stop all voter registration at the Toorak office and have all voter services here. We want to designate the Toorak office as a back office.”

He said that the new Voter Registration Services Centre is in a central location.

SANEEM: “As you would be aware, this location is a very central location, it is high accessible and there is a lot of foot traffic in this area. A lot of the working voters go along this area every morning and every afternoon to go to the bus stand to catch their bus. The location is very central and we anticipate very high usage rate of the voter services centre.”

The centre would be open on weekdays and on Saturdays.

SANEEM: “This centre will be open daily from 8am to 6pm and Wednesday of everyweek this centre will open at 7:ooam and close at 6pm, just for convinence sake and on Saturday this centre will be open from 9am to 1pm. Towards the elections time we will consider opening on Sunday as well.”

The Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem at the Voter Registartion Service Centre this morning. *(Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
The Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem at the Voter Registration Service Centre this morning. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

The centre started off with its services at mid-day today.

SANEEM: “It is very compact in design, in order to allow us to stream line these services as well as provide the voters with excess to election information. Today we will be starting with off the services at mid-day with three staffs and we will make necessarry changes and improvement before we roll it out to the rest of the country.”

He added that the new venue would also ensure those with disabilities were provided access to the services.

SANEEM: “There is a ramp that has been built for the person with wheel chair excess and we will be working with other authorities to ensure that we able to secure a minimum disability excess and a compulsory disability parking somewhere nearby, so during time of elections they have excess to the services.”

Staffs of the Fijian Elections Office Voter Services Centre serving a customer. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Staffs of the Fijian Elections Office Voter Services Centre serving a voter. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Mr Saneem said that voters can also update their details at the Voter Registration Services Centre.

SANEEM: “In terms of the services we provide here, we mainly focusing on new registration, replacement of lost or damaged cards, we will also take into notification of deceased voters or migrated voters. Voters can also update their details at this venue, so if someone has changed their residential address or surname because they have got married, you can easily walk in and get a replacement done.”

He added that the Fijian Elections Office would also be setting up offices in Rakiraki and Savusavu.

SANEEM: “At the moment our next big priority will be Rakiraki and Savusavu and we will be looking at some of the venues in those areas so we can match a similar set up as well as a standardise office like this.”