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Voters List Handed To 5 Parties

The National Register of voters contains the details of 605,997 Fijians eligible to vote next year, according to the FEO The Electoral Commission has printed out copies of the National
13 Jun 2017 12:17
Voters List Handed To 5 Parties
Representatives from the five registered political parties with their listings handed over to them by the Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra (sixth from left) in Suva on June 12, 2017. Photo: Fijian Elections Office

The National Register of voters contains the details of 605,997 Fijians eligible to vote next year, according to the FEO

The Electoral Commission has printed out copies of the National Register of Voters recorded as at April 19, 2017, for registered political parties.

In a Fijian Elections Office press release yesterday, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Suresh Chandra yesterday presented the listings to representatives from the Fiji United Freedom Party, FijiFirst Party, Fiji Labour Party, National Federation Party and Social Democratic Liberal Party.

“We have given five Registered Political Parties a copy of the complete set of the National Register of Voters free of charge in order to help them prepare accordingly for the 2018 General Election,” Mr Chandra said.

The Electoral Commission yesterday also approved the rules governing objections and appeals to registration on the National Register of Voters.

Section 155(b) of the Electoral Act 2014 specifies that the Electoral Commission may makes rules relating to voter registration and maintenance of the Register of Voters.

Currently, there are no provisions where a person can lodge a complaint against a registration.

The rules will create this process and allow for natural justice principles to be exercised during the adjudication process.

An appeals process has also been established to allow the Electoral Commission to finalise the verification of a voter.

The Fijian Elections Office [FEO] will print forms for the Objection and Appeals which will be widely circulated and uploaded to the FEO website.

The FEO will also maintain a register of Objections and Appeals to allow for proper record keeping.

The National Register of voters contains the details of 605,997 Fijians eligible to vote next year.

All copies of the National Register of Voters were printed in-house by the FEO.

Source: Fijian Elections Office

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