STATEMENT BY THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR ELECTIONS, AIYAZ SAYED-KHAIYUM MORE FIJIANS REGISTERED TO VOTE – PROCESS DESIGNED TO AVOID IRREGULARITIES OF PAST ELECTIONS

More Fijians are registered to vote now than at any time in the history of our nation, thanks to the efforts of the Elections Office and the use of the new electronic voter registration system.

As of the end of November, more than 540,000 of Fijians have registered to vote in next year’s election.

This registration process is more successful, transparent and precise than any before. It is designed to avoid the anomalies and fraud that took place in past elections.

It is a national issue of interest to all Fijians, regardless of individual political preferences.

Therefore, it is unfortunate that some politicians are attempting to manipulate voter registration into a political issue and undermine the process by using false and outdated numbers to get attention for themselves.

In addition, any calculation of the exact number of Fijians who have not yet registered to vote is inaccurate—at best.

The voter registration effort that is being conducted throughout Fiji and including the tens of thousands of Fijians living overseas is an ongoing outreach program that has received positive feedback from Fijians, our development partners and international commentators.

The results so far–the National Register of Voters—is available to everyone.  Fijians can verify their information online as well.

Next year, the elections office plans another phase of voter registration to sign up all eligible Fijians who want to vote, including those who have only recently turned 18.

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