8 Sep 2014

Fijians in Tonga upset at missing vote

12:52 pm on 8 September 2014

About 250 Fijians living in Tonga are upset that they have been unable to register for the upcoming general election.

Fiji Live reports a veteran Fiji journalist Iliesa Tora as saying the Fijian Elections team did not send a team to the kingdom to register them for next week's general election.

He says it was disappointing for Fijians living in Tonga to learn that while the electronic registration teams traveled as far as Britain to register voters, they did not make a trip to Tonga.

He says they have been in contact with the Fijian Elections Office since 2012 trying to get some assistance to register to vote, but voter registration has now closed.

Fiji Live says the supervisor of elections said Tonga was not on their list, but that Fijians living in Tonga would be considered for the next election.

The total number of registered voters is 591,000.

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Photo: RNZI / Sally Round