Aust NZ Will Help Voter Registration
MEDIA RELEASE: AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND VOLUNTEER TO HELP IN FIJI VOTER REGISTRATION
Experts from Australia and New Zealand, facilitated by their respective governments, will work with the Fijian government to register its voters for the national election scheduled in 2014. They will join a logistical expert from the RFMF in creating a deployment plan for the upcoming electronic voter registration (EVR) period scheduled to begin in early July.
“For the first time in Fiji’s history, the Bainimarama Government is guaranteeing universal suffrage- one person, one value, one vote,” said Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
“Comprehensive and thought-out logistical planning is necessary to ensure that each and every Fijian has the opportunity and ability to register.”
With a population of slightly less than 900,000, spread across more than 110 islands, the scale of this undertaking is immense. The logistical and technical requirements for such a process, most notably transportation considerations, will be complex. Additionally, more than 1,000 Fijians will have to be trained to assist in the process.
“The involvement of outside expertise demonstrates once again that the Fijian government is willing to work with international partners for the benefit of all Fijians,” the Attorney General said.
“The combination and collaboration of these partners will help ensure the best possible results in the upcoming voter registration.”
The logistical team will be headed by Major Isoa Loanakadavu of the RFMF, who will be joined by William Hogan, an Australia-based electoral operations consultant with the UN/UNDP, and Mark Jones, Manager Operations at the Electoral Enrollment Center in New Zealand. This team will work in collaboration with the Canadian EVR firm CODE, Inc.
The electronic voter registration will begin July 3rd in Suva, where the Prime Minister will receive the first voter registration card. Registration will run for eight weeks at centers across the country.
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