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2016 School Voter Registration Drive Starts Monday

The Fijian Elections Office has launched the 2016 School Voter Registration Drive to register school students over 18 for the 2018 elections. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the voter
03 Jun 2016 09:47
2016 School Voter  Registration Drive Starts Monday
Supervisor for Election Mohammed Saneem. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

The Fijian Elections Office has launched the 2016 School Voter Registration Drive to register school students over 18 for the 2018 elections.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the voter registration teams would be going out to secondary schools around the country to register newly-eligible voters.

“Students who are enrolled in Years 12 and 13 will be given the opportunity to choose to register to vote in the upcoming general elections,” he said.

“Continuous updating of the voter roll is regarded as an internationally recognised electoral best practice and the FEO will continue to explore opportunities to allow newly-eligible voters to register.”

The FEO will cover 178 secondary schools throughout Fiji in the month-long exercise including Rotuma and other secondary schools in the islands.

The current statistics show that 18,422 voters on the National Register of Voters are between 18-20 years age.

During this registration drive the FEO intends to register approximately 7000 eligible voters.

The FEO had registered 7102 students last year during  the Phase I School Voter Registration Drive.

Current statistics show the total number of registered voters at 598,522 and the FEO is expecting to exceed the 600,000 mark by end of this year.

The month-long voter registration will begin on Monday from Suva Grammar School at 9 am.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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