5 Jul 2012

More than 4000 already registered for 2014 Fiji elections

10:24 am on 5 July 2012

More than four thousand people have registered to vote in Fiji within the first couple of days of registration offices opening.

Electronic Voter Registration for the elections promised for 2014 began on Tuesday, with 18 year olds allowed to vote for the first time.

A new parliament is to be elected after the military coup of 2006.

The interim-government's target is to register over 600-thousand people in the span of eight weeks.

Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, admits the target is going to be hard work.

"We have set ourselves a fairly onerous target. CODE-Inc, which the last registration they did was in Gambia where they registered 800 thousand people in six weeks, perhaps they don't have as many islands as we do but the point is that it's obviously a target that's achievable and we are maintaining a certain amount of flexibility but we want to have a very focussed and concerted effort to ensure that we get the bulk of the population registered."

He says most people have been pleasantly surprised at the time it took to register under the new electronic system and young people have been excited to register.