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July 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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More than 100 new voter registration centres will be opened this week across Fiji.

Attorney General and Minister for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in a statement said the opening of more than 100 new centres will provide more locations and opportunities for Fijians to register.

Sayed-Khaiyum said the Elections Office is currently focused on ensuring that all voting-age Fijians who are spread across the islands have the opportunity and ability to register during the eight weeks of registration.

“However, government wants to reassure those Fijians who are not yet 18, who live overseas, or whose health or age genuinely prevent them traveling to a VRC, that their unique needs and requirements will be addressed, whether during this period of EVR, or after it,” said Sayed-Khaiyum.

Government has also reassured those who are not yet 18 but will turn 18 before the 2014 elections will be able to register at a limited number of registration centers that will remain open after the eight-week period in August.

For those Fijians who live overseas, the Elections Office will ensure that the EVR deployment plan is carried out in a credible and transparent manner.

He said after this process has been completed, the Elections Office can then properly perform outreach to those Fijians living abroad.

By Mereani Gonedua

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