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EDITORIAL: Fijian Elections Office Voter registration campaign paying off

The Fijian Elections Office must be congratulated for its achievement in the drive to register voters. So far the total number of registered voters stands at 624,404. This is an
19 Jan 2018 16:28
EDITORIAL: Fijian Elections Office Voter registration campaign paying off
Chairperson of the Fijian Electoral Commission Suresh Chandra. Photo: Fijian Elections Office

The Fijian Elections Office must be congratulated for its achievement in the drive to register voters.

So far the total number of registered voters stands at 624,404. This is an increase from 591,101 in 2014.

The increase is impressive and it is a result  of the relentless campaign the FEO has been conducting to get eligible voters registered and vote in the 2018 general election.

Out of the total registered voters, 308,780 are females and 315,624 are males.

The Central Division has 263,506 voters followed by the Western Division with 232,606 and the Northern having 94,408 and eastern recorded 26,320 voters.

The breakdown shows that the Central and the Western divisions have the highest concentration of voters. It will help the political parties plan their campaign strategy in the allocation of resources.

Generally, when people get registered, it’s an indication that they are interested to vote. But there is no guarantee that on polling day, they will be at the booths to cast their ballot papers because voting is not compulsory.

Based on the statistics in 2014, the voter turnout in this election is expected to be higher because of the high public interest on national issues.

The FEO has been responsible for the high interests. It’s campaign to create public awareness among the people about their rights to vote is paying dividends.

Exercising this right in a democracy is important because it will enhance and strengthen our democratic institutions.

It gives people the freedom to choose the government they prefer to lead them.

When more people vote they not only show that we have a robust institution, but they are also interested in what’s happening in the country.

That is positive and good for the nation.

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