7 Aug 2012

Fiji electoral officers to make home visits to assist with registeration

7:29 am on 7 August 2012

Electoral officers are to make home visits to people with special needs who are unable to register themselves for elections in Fiji.

Voter registration in Fiji is about 22 thousand people ahead of target, with over 362,197 Fijians registered to vote in 34 days.

The target is to register 600 thousand people in 60 days.

Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, says special arrangements are being made for the disabled and disadvantaged to ensure everyone is registered to vote.

"We are taking names of those people who are for example, bed-ridden. There are a lot of disabled people who are actually turning up themselves, and a couple of places we have actually gone there, for example there is a disabled organisation in Suva and we turned up to their premises. So we are making those arrangements, and what we're doing is we're names down and we will then make a home visit to people for example who are bed ridden."

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says some voter registration offices will remain open for the rest of the year for those who fail to register within the targetted 8 week period.