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Some people are impersonating Fijian Elections Office staff and taking voter details from people - Saneem
By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 18/05/2017
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem shows the Electronic Voter Registration Card and the bib which the Fijian Elections Office staff will always carry.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has today revealed that they have received information that some people are impersonating Fijian Elections Office staff and are taking voter details from people.

While making an announcement on the next major voter registration drive, Saneem says they have received this information from members of the public.

Saneem says Fijian Elections Office staff will always carry the Electronic Voter Registration Official identification card and will have a signature of the Supervisor of Elections. 

Some will also have Elections Office Staff Identifications cards.

Officials will also wear an official Elections Office bib.

Saneem says in the case of Paula Maraivalu and FICAC, the High Court has upheld the Magistrate’s initial sentence of two years imprisonment handed to Maraivalu for the charge of impersonation of an elections official.

He calls on people not to enter into such behaviour as the sentence is quite harsh.   

Meanwhile the Fijian Elections Office will commence its nation-wide Voter Registration Drive from the 22nd of May to 1st of July this year.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says this year’s national drive will also include the annual nation-wide school registration and it will also incorporate the display of the National Register Voters with data as at 20th of March, 2017.

The usual voter services such as voter registration, replacement of voter cards, amendment or correction of details, change of polling venue or simple upgrade to Voter Card 2.0 will be provided at all the temporary booths to be set up by the Fijian Elections Office.

Officials will be visiting different parts of the country to provide these services.

Voters are required by law to inform the Elections Office of changes in the residential address within 21 days. 

Saneem says for new registrations, they will require a birth certificate and a valid photo ID. 

If you do not have a photo ID, the Fijian Elections Office will require another voter to verify that you are the person you allude to be.

You can also advise the Elections Office at this time about a voter who has passed.  

The oldest registered voter on their system in Fiji is 108 years old and she was born on 1st of January 1909. 

The oldest male voter is 105 years old. 

 

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