FEO staff distribute information pamphlets to the students.Photo: SUPPLIED.
More than 170 secondary schools around Fiji will be taking part in the Nationwide Voter Registration Exercise for students organized by the Fijian Elections Office.
While launching the Nationwide Voter Registration today at the All Saints Secondary School in Labasa, Deputy Supervisor of Elections Michael Clancy said the objective is to target children who are already 18 and will turn 18 years of age.
“This is currently taking place in the Central and Western Division also, for four weeks until August the 7th and our team will begin the registration in the maritime areas on the 15th,” Mr Clancy said.
“The aim is to register students who are 18 years and above and even though the next elections is a few years away, it is important that we continue to update our voter registration list.”
He said they were aware that schools are currently having exams at this time of the year hence the Elections Office ensures that they do not disrupt classes.
“We are thankful to the Ministry of Education for their support as through this process the students also get a voter registration card and this will be useful for them as they can also use this as valid ID card,” Mr Clancy said.
He said it is important that an 18 year old gets involved in the process and they have a say in the future leaders of their country.
Meanwhile 250 students at the All Saints Secondary reacted positively and were keen to learn and discuss the purpose of voter registration and the electoral process.
Mr Clancy said they were able to understand their rights and responsibility to take part in the elections.
“Registration and voting in Fiji is not compulsory but we are emphasizing the importance for all Fijians to have a say in the democratic process,” Mr Clancy said.