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1,300 Suspicious Voter Registrations Revealed In Fiji
Elections office to contact individuals to rectify concerns

By Indrani Krishna

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 5, 2012) – Fiji's first phase of the Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) revealed more than 1,000 "suspicious registrations."

Minister for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum called on all Fijians to double check their details when the second phase starts this Saturday.

Sayed-Khaiyum said after a clean-up, 1,300 registrations did not check out. He highlighted an example where a Fijian registered 10 times in different centers and in different colored shirts.

He said the concerned people will be contacted by the EVR clerks and the Elections Office to rectify and confirm their details.

The second phase of EVRs is for four weeks till December 7, 2012.

The first two weeks will be in urban centers before it will move to rural centers on November 26.

Sayed-Khaiyum said this will be a good opportunity for citizens who have registered during the first phase to clarify their details. After the cleanup, the registration numbers now stand at 488,000, of which 240,000 are women.

Permanent Secretary for Elections Mere Vuniwaqa said that not all 1,150 EVR centers will be open in the urban areas.

Vuniwaqa said only specific centers will be opened and the public will be advised on these centers on November 7 via the media.

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