DFAT and electoral office assist Fiji voter registration

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) and the Nauru Electoral Commission (NEC) assisted the Fijian Elections Office in conducting voter registration for Fiji nationals in Nauru last week.

Fiji Elections Office official Mrs Aditewa Bolaniwaqa Hauvina arrived in country on Tuesday 5 December to conduct the voter registrations from 6-8 December at the NEC office.

Nauru Electoral Commissioner Joseph Cain said he had been approached by the Fiji electoral supervisor while in Tonga as observers to the elections there, about the impending visit of the official to conduct the registration.

“Nauru Electoral Commission is a member of the PIANZEA (Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand Electoral Administration) network which was set up to establish collaborative assistance and information between members,” Mr Cain said.

“Electoral management bodies in the Pacific have helped each other in the past in terms of training, exchange of information and assistance such as the request received from FEC.

“The Kiribati Election office also assisted NEC with its proxy voting process in the 2016 Nauru general election.”

The Chairman of the Nauru-Fiji Community Mr Maritino Nemani urged all eligible Fiji citizen voters not to miss this opportunity to register.