16 Jul 2012

Fiji's interim government says it will extend voter registration if necessary

2:03 pm on 16 July 2012

The interim Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the voter registration process will be extended if need be.

The government has allocated eight weeks for the process, which started at the beginning of July, and Commodore Bainimarama told Auckland's Radio Tarana that so far 84,000 had been registered.

He says it is heartened by the numbers of young people registering.

There are an estimated 660,000 people of voting age in Fiji but Commodore Bainimarama says the eight weeks is only a guide and there'll be extensions if necessary.

"If you miss out there will still be time to register. There are those who will genuinely be unable to register in person so teams will be deployed to homes to register those who are disabled or elderly."