18 Mar 2014

Fiji waives fees for late registration of births after demands in Lau group

7:14 am on 18 March 2014

As the Fiji Prime Minister visits the Lau island group, the government has announced it will extend the amnesty for the late registration of births.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the usual fee of $11.50 Fijian dollars will be waived for a registration made more than 12 months after birth.

He says the demand for the waiver is very high in Lau and following this trip, the government will resolve to visit the country's isolated areas more often.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says a birth certificate is a Fijian's ultimate proof of identity and they need one to access important services like education, social welfare, health care and registering to vote.

The Attorney-General has urged Fijians to take advantage of the amnesty to register themselves and their children if they have not already done so.