7 Jun 2018

More Fijians registered to vote in 2018 than in previous years

8:44 am on 7 June 2018

Fiji's Supervisor of Elections says the current tally of registered voters for this year's general election is up 7.17 percent on 2014.

Mohammed Saneem said 636,764 people had so far registered to vote, compared with 591,101 for the last election.

Mohammed Saneem

Mohammed Saneem Photo: supplied

Mr Saneem said the increase could be attributed to the annual Voter Registration Drive for Schools, the opening of Voter Services Centres around Fiji and requests for voter registration from businesses and government entities.

In the Central Division there are 265,745 registered voters, 26,006 in the Eastern Division, 243,569 in the Western Division and 94,954 in the Northern Division.

He said 7,490 voters have registered overseas and will be able to cast their vote via postal ballot.

Of the total number of voters 67,829 would be voting via pre-poll and 568,943 are Election Day voters.

A woman votes in the Fiji elections.

A woman votes in the Fiji elections. Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley

Mr Saneem said family members and friends should inform the Elections Office if the names of deceased voters were still on the roll.

He said eligible Fijians could still register to vote until the day the Writ of Election was issued.

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