September 18, 2012

EVR goes global

September 17, 2012
By Maika Bolatiki

Some electronic voter registration (EVR) clerks will leave Fiji to register Fijian voters living overseas.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

“We will send an EVR team overseas for the registration of Fijian voters living there,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said this was in line with the Government’s bid to have all Fijian voters here and abroad registered to vote in the 2014 general election.

When asked when the team would leave the country thePrime Minister said nothing had been confirmed.

“EVR registration will end in 2014 and there is still time for the Government to prepare for this overseas trip.”

Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama said Fiji’s foreign missions would be informed about this trip and also an advertisement would be sent to inform Fijian voters abroad.

All foreign embassies and high commissions would be tasked to place the advertisements in such a way that all Fijian voters living within their areas of service were aware of the EVR team’s arrival and all details about voter registration.

When asked which places would be visited he said they would go to where there were many Fijian voters like Canada, the Middle East and London and a team would go to South America.

“The EVR clerks will be based in Fiji embassies and Fijian voters will have to report to these places for their registration.”

The Prime Minister has again urged all Fijians to register to vote in 2014.

Commenting on the voter registration, he said he was overwhelmed by the turnout of the Fijian people.

This, he adds, is a clear indication of their willingness and commitment to participate in the process of building a better Fiji for all.

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