Vot­ers take ad­van­tage of EVR cen­tres

Fi­jian Elec­tions Of­fice re­places cards from Win­ston dam­age

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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

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