The Fijian Elections Office recently concluded a 49-day nationwide voter registration drive during which it recorded more than 200,000 voter engagements, of which nearly 10 per cent were new registrations.
The Nationwide Voter Registration Drive and Know Your Election campaign ended on Thursday, 14 April with 200,899 engagements, 19,879 of them were registering to vote for the first time.
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the drive was the culmination of a year’s worth of planning and preparation.
“Our teams travelled to some of the most remote villages, crossing rivers and making journeys on foot to provide voter services to Fijians ensuring that no one person was deprived of the opportunity to register, update their details or upgrade their VoterCard ahead of the 2022 General Election,” Saneem said.
“This time around we also placed our teams strategically in heavily populated settlements in various urban centres where we took our services to the people instead of having them come to our Voter Services Centres in towns.”
The FEO crossed its target for voter engagement twice during this drive which Saneem says is a testament to the work put in by the FEO teams that went out to villages, settlements, urban centres and rural and maritime areas to provide voter services as well as the various stakeholders that facilitated our visits.