13 Mar 2014

Young cautious about registering for Fiji elections: Sodelpa

6:52 am on 13 March 2014

The chief of the youth wing of one of Fiji's political parties says many young people have not yet registered to vote because they are not sure whether the elections will be free and fair.

The president of Sodelpa's Youth Council Pita Waqavonovono says party surveys also indicate many have not yet signed up because they cannot get to the registration centres in urban areas.

Mr Waqavonovono says rurally-based youth don't have the means to travel to towns where the six registration centres are located.

"A lot of young people are trying to suss out whether the system is flawed or not ... whether the elections will be free and fair and we've just been trying to spread the message of optimism about the whole election process. Apart from that you've got a lot of young people who are isolated from the whole elections registration process."

Pita Waqavonovono says the authorities should be using state resources to spread civic educational material instead of trying to secure the tenure of the current regime.