Voters take advantage of EVR centres
Fijian Elections Office replaces cards from Winston damage
Over 2000 lost or damaged Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) cards have been replaced in the last seven days by the Fijian Elections Office (FEO). This has been done for people impacted by TC Winston as FEO teams accompany the Fijian Government’s Help for Homes Initiative [HHI] teams to affected areas. “The EVR Card has become one of the most prevalent and accepted forms of identification in Fiji and we believe that in this time of need, registered Fijians will also be able to use it for other purposes as they attempt to rebuild their lives,” said Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem.
Eligible voters over the age of 18 wishing to register and registered voters wishing to change their personal details are also being accommodated during this drive.
In the last seven days, 427 new voters have registered and 279 registered voters have updated their personal information. FEO teams are also present in all HHI centres to help people obtain EVR Cards. The EVR Card has been declared by the Government as an acceptable form of identification for HHI applications as well. “This is a strategic move by the FEO so that we can ensure that most of our registered voters affected by TC Winston who have lost their cards can get it replaced, as they wait to make their application under the HHI,” explained Mr Saneem.
Multiple copies of the ‘Replacement of EVR Card’ forms have been provided to, and are now available at Justices of Peace, Commissioners for Oaths, Advisory Councillors and District Officers present in affected areas to further increase accessibility to Fijians.
These forms are also available on the FEO website. “The EVR card is issued instantly and free of cost making it more convenient and accessible, especially in the affected areas,” Mr Saneem said. Source: Fijian Elections Office
Fijians lining up to register. Photo: Fijian Elections Office