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Phase II Of Fiji Voter Registration Gets Underway
Nearly 500,000 voters already registered for 2014 polls

By Nanise Loanakadavu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 11, 2012) – Those who have not registered under the electronic voter registration (EVR) for the 2014 elections need not be unduly concerned as another phase of registration began yesterday.

And those who have already registered will also get the chance to verify their information on the provisional voter roll as the second phase of the EVR started in Suva and Lautoka.

Tomorrow, all designated registration centres around the country will be operating.

Elections permanent secretary Mere Vuniwaqa has called on all Fijians to participate in the second phase of registration.

"We urge Fijians who have not yet registered to come forward and take advantage of this opportunity," Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

She said close to half a million Fijians had registered to vote in the 2014 elections.

However, she said they would need these individuals to help them produce an accurate voter list by checking their information and making any necessary corrections.

Mrs Vuniwaqa, who is also the acting supervisor for elections, said registration would only last four weeks.

"This phase of registration will consist of two distinct processes, depending on whether an individual has or has not already registered to vote."

For those who have registered, she said they were encouraged to visit a designated registration centre to examine the provisional voter roll to see if their personal information had been entered correctly.

Fijians looking to register are reminded to bring with them one valid form of identification. Valid forms of ID include: passport, driver's licence, birth certificate, FNPF card, employment card (with photograph), or social welfare card.

Registrations centres in Navua, Lami, Suva, Nasinu, Nausori, Korovou and Lautoka were open yesterday and centres in Nadi, Sigatoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, Labasa, Savusavu, Nabouwalu, and Levuka will open tomorrow.

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