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PM: Offices will be set up in Savusavu, Taveuni to rectify issue SITERI TALEITAKI A large number of eligible voters in Cakaudrove have not been registered for the September 17
16 Apr 2014 10:04

PM: Offices will be set up in Savusavu, Taveuni to rectify issue

Vunidawa Primary School students in Vanua Levu show their respect to Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama and his proposed FijiFirst Party team as they drove past their school yesterday.  Photo: Siteri Taleitaki

Vunidawa Primary School students in Vanua Levu show their respect to Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama and his proposed FijiFirst Party team as they drove past their school yesterday. Photo: Siteri Taleitaki

SITERI TALEITAKI

A large number of eligible voters in Cakaudrove have not been registered for the September 17 general election.
Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama discovered this during the registration drive for his proposed FijiFirst party in the province.
In an interview with the Fiji Sun in Savusavu, yesterday, he expressed his concern.
He said he called the Elections Office and they confirmed the problem. Mr Bainimarama announced that a registration office would be set up in Savusavu and another one in Taveuni soon.
The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, said last night it was likely that some people in the rural areas had not been registered. He said all stakeholders should inform his office of people not registered.
“We will take immediate measures to register them,” he said.
Mr Bainimarama said many people turned up in Savusavu Town yesterday to sign the endorsement papers for his proposed party but they had not been registered.
Unregistered voters told the Fiji Sun that they could not afford to travel to Labasa to register because transport cost was too high. A person would spend an average of $100 return from Cakaudrove. Labasa is the only registration centre in the North.
The PM’s blue bus was an instant attraction when it rolled into Savusavu Town while people were having their breakfast. A large crowd soon gathered to sign for the proposed party.
Ravina Digadei travelled 40 kilometres from Navatu Village to be in town by 7am to sign.
“My signature will make it count as I want the Prime Minister of the day to continue to serve in the government,” Ms Digadei said.
“He has done a lot for the people and he deserved to have a party on his own to continue his goodwill.”
In Vunidogoloa, villagers believed that the PM was a true leader sent from God. Village headman Sailosi Raimotu said in a traditional ceremony: “We believe in a true God and we believe you (PM) are anointed by God to lead Fiji to greener pastures.
“We will support your proposed party until death.”
Mr Raimotu said later they were grateful to what the Government had done for his people.
“We were seeking assistance from past governments for the relocation of our village but nothing was done. “Since this current Government came into office our cries have been heard. It has changed our lives tremendously.
“God always works in mysterious ways and he used the Prime Minister to help those who have been ignored for many years.”
Meanwhile, Mr Raimotu said $300,000 had been given by the Director National Disaster Management Office Manasa Tagicakibau for their evacuation centre.
“Work on the evacuation centre is expected to begin this month. We hope to have it opened in August.”



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