Electronic Voting to Go Ahead

The Election Office is working on arrangements for the implementation of ‘electronic voter registration’ in time for the 2014 General Elections. Electronic voting is fast becoming a preferred method of voter registration in many countries primarily  because, once initiated, it reduces costs and speeds up the voting processes.

Attorney General and Minister for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum  said, “The work plan for the establishment of a system of electronic voter registration will be sent to overseas missions and multilateral organizations in Fiji for their assistance in implementing the work plan.”

In Fiji, the system will be based on a centralized voter database that will be used for both national and municipality elections. Registration will use birth certificates or passports as the primary identifier, and voting on each voter’s bio-data and unique finger print. It is expected to greatly reduce voter impersonation.


The Minister said setting up the system will be an enormous task requiring a nationwide registration exercise  inclusive of fingerprints and photographs of all citizens who are now 15  years old and above. In the forthcoming months new positions will be advertised to strengthen the skills of the Election Office. --Based on No:1418 /AG.

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