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Elections Makes It Easier For Voters

The Fijian Elections Office has unveiled key projects that would enable voters easier access to information come the 2018 General Election. The VoterCard 2.0, a new website and the FEO’s
06 Apr 2017 09:33
Elections Makes It  Easier For Voters
Fijian Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra (left), and Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem during the launch on April 5, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fijian Elections Office has unveiled key projects that would enable voters easier access to information come the 2018 General Election.

The VoterCard 2.0, a new website and the FEO’s newsletter, Lavetiviti, were all launched yesterday at the Albert Park Pavilion by the Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra and Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

Mr Chandra said: “The innovations being unveiled today are a significant step towards strengthening voter engagement in Fiji.

“Once they are fully introduced, voters will have greater access to information than ever before, and will be able to stay abreast of any and all developments leading up to the 2018 General Elections.”

Mr Saneem said the newsletter named ‘Lavetiviti’ which translates as Lifting Fiji was named after their power and inspiring member of Fijian Elections Office, the late Elenoa Lavetiviti.

“Today marks the completion of various projects initiated through the FEO 20015-2019 strategic plan,” he said.

“What we want is to improve on the information on the card.

“The voter card as we all are aware is a universal accepted card in Fiji.

“We needed to expand its security features and had to find new innovative designs of the card so that it can be built into a card that can be instantly issues.”

He said the FEO would also monitor the use of the new card and the old card because the software would now track how many times a person replaced their card.

The FEO has issued approximately 620,000 electronic voter registration cards since 2012.

During the General Election review, it was identified that the EVR card needed to be re-designed to incorporate some basic security standards as well as incorporate the new FEO logo.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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