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New Voter Services Centre Opens Today

  The Fijian Elections Office will today start offering all personal voter related services from its new Voter Services Centre next to Post Fiji on Thomson Street in Suva. This
24 Aug 2016 10:46
New Voter Services Centre Opens Today
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem (fourth from left) with Fijian Elections Office staff.

 

The Fijian Elections Office will today start offering all personal voter related services from its new Voter Services Centre next to Post Fiji on Thomson Street in Suva.

This is because of the increase in voter services demand in the Central Division with over 571 new registrations received from January this year.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun yesterday, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the new centre would give voters the convenience of getting voter card replacements and registrations among other voter services.

“The venue here is more accessible as you can see there’s a lot of foot traffic in this area which adds to the convenience to voters,” Mr Saneem said.

He also said they received about 50 to 70 requests for replacement of voter cards on a daily basis at their FEO headquarters in Toorak.

“We believe that the voter card  although it was primarily for the elections  purposes,  it is now an accepted ID in Fiji and the demand and the usage of the ID increases as we  progress,” he said.

Mr Saneem said the centre was part of a pilot exercise with the intention of rolling out voter service centres all over the country.

Mr Saneem revealed that instant replacement of voter ID cards would no longer be available for collection the next day after it is processed.

He said this was because of the rapid increase in the need for replacement voter ID cards and to ensure the application process had integrity in it and not just for mere convenience.

“In the past, we have seen misuse of this process and the delay is to ensure that the law is properly complied with.”

Mr Saneem further revealed that they were exploring other areas in Nadi, Savusavu and Rakiraki to set up similar centres.

The new Voter Services Centre will open at 8am and close at 6pm daily from Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.

Plans are underway for the centre to open at 7am to 6pm every Wednesday to allow the working people to be able to access voter services at their convenience.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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