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By RINU SHYYAM
Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) clerks have been told to treat all Fijians equally irrespective of their race, status, gender or creed.
This was stressed during the first training session for clerks in the Central Diviosion at the Elections Office in Suva yesterday.
Attorney-General and Minister for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told the 30 trainers that the training was important for them to uphold their values and ethics.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said people must not be treated different just because they are disabled, living in squatters or if they are women or youths.
The two-day training for the EVR team leaders ends today.
This would be continued next week where those assisting in the EVR period would be trained.
At least 1150 successful applicants will be trained by the Canadian Firm CODE, Inc. over the next two weeks leading up to the commencement of the registration period on July 3.
Voters who will be voting in the 2014 elections will be issued with an identification card which is a first in Fiji.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum stressed that for the first time in the history of Fiji, 70 per cent of the voter registration clerks will be women.
The team would be registering up to 660, 000 voters in the next eight weeks.