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Over 500,000 Register For 2014 Elections In Fiji
Registrations are ‘clear indication’ of democratic participation

By Indrani Krishna

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 11, 2012) – Fiji’s Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) has recorded a total of 504,588 Fijians registered to make their votes count during the 2014 general elections.

This represents more than 80 percent of the estimated number of eligible voters – 487,293 who registered in the first phase of registration from July to September and for the second phase which was completed last Friday a total of 17,295 and counting as some EVR teams in the outer islands have yet to report their figures.

The Attorney General and Minister for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said this marked another significant achievement.

"We are happy and proud that the Fijian people have shown such a strong commitment to this process. The impressive turn-out is a clear indication that Fijians are keen to participate in true parliamentary democracy for the first time in Fiji’s history," Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said the fact that more than half million people had registered to vote was a sign that Fijian voters were eager to participate freely in the process.

A total of 1,441 entries deemed "problematic" were removed from the first phase of the EVR.

Meanwhile, the second round of figures broken down by Divisions is: Central- 9,074; Eastern- 222; Western- 6,282; Northern- 1,717.

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