Around 200 Fijians register for Elections
Nuku’alofa-March 22: 11:56am(Nuku’alofa Times): Around 200 Fijians living and working here in Tonga were able to register for the 2018 Fiji General Elections over the weekend.
This followed the visit here by a two member team from the Fiji Elections Office in Suva.
Officers Ms Vetinia Bawaqa and Mr Krishan Chandra were sent to Tonga last week to register Fijians here.
The drive focused on Tongatapu (Nuku’alofa) and Vava’u.
The registration were held on Friday night, Saturday and Monday this week.
At the close of registration around 200 had registered and would now be able to apply for postal ballots.
The Fiji Elections is scheduled for April, 2018.
Bad weather denied the registration of Fijians in Vava’u, as Saturday’s flight to Vava’u had to return to Nuku’alofa because it could not land.
Fijian community member and local contact Iliesa Tora said they were grateful to the Elections office in Suva for sending the team, enabling the Fijians here to register.
He said they were also grateful to Roving Ambassador Mrs Litia Mawi for taking the request up, following her visit here last year.
There are around 300 Fijians in Tonga and most of those who have been able to register were registering to vote for the first time under the new electoral system.
Tonga is the first country in the region to carry out the voter registration, with the Elections team also scheduled to travel to Cook Islands, Samoa and American Samoa
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