22 Aug 2012

Fiji voter cards to serve as bank ID cards

3:06 pm on 22 August 2012

From November, the Voter Identification Cards issued through Fiji's Electronic Voter Registration can be used for identification purposes in banking transactions.

The Fiji Reserve Bank has given the green light for the cards to verify a customers' identity when they engage in financial transactions or services.

The Ministry of Justice, through the Elections Office, has issued the identity cards to Fiji citizens who have registered to vote for the general elections, scheduled for 2014.

The Financial Intelligence Unit says the Voter Identification Cards are reliable documents and it recommends them to the financial institutions.

The interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the financial institutions can use this new document to extend services, particularly to people in rural areas and the outer islands.