6 Sep 2011

Fiji plans voter registration in first half of 2012

6:35 pm on 6 September 2011

The Fiji interim government says voter registration will start from early next year for polls in 2014.

The interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says an advertisement in the Fiji Sun newspaper will call for expressions of interest for the registration of voters through an electronic voter registration system.

The information ministry says the advertisement will call for companies that have experience in electronic voter registration system to start from next year.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the administration will give itself a maximum of six months to complete voter registration.

About 660,000 voters are expected to be registered.

The regime, which came to power in a military coup five years ago, set the 2014 election date after it abolished the constitution in 2009.

It says a new constitution will be drawn up in 2013.