Fiji Pol: Overseas voters registration drive talks ongoing

The Fijian Elections Office is in talks with Fiji missions overseas to work out mechanics relating to the registration of eligible voters based overseas.

With the COVID-19 situation Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem is cautious about sending FEO staff overseas.

“It’s not very easy to travel out of Fiji right now,” Saneem told political parties during a briefing this week. “We are also very concerned about sending staff overseas in case there are locked out in their trip overseas, so we have to balance the scales [and] we’re working with Fiji missions overseas in this regard.”

As at 31 December 2021, nearly 8,000 Fijians residing overseas have been registered to vote, but none in the 18-20 age group.

For the 2018 elections, about 13 per cent of the 7,970 registered Fijians overseas voted.

Meanwhile, registration of voters locally continues. The FEO will also be carrying out a nationwide voter registration and awareness drive from this Saturday, 26 February 2022 through Saturday, 2 April 2022 at the following venues. Voters wishing to upgrade their cards but do not have their birth certificates can do so as well during the nationwide registration drive.

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