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By JYOTI PRATIBHA
The Attorney-General and Minister for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says positive response has been received for the first day of the electronic voter registration (EVR).
Five registration centres were open yesterday -two in Suva and three in Nausori, while Lautoka, Labasa and Levuka had booths where people could get registered.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said many people had not realised that the process was a fast-paced one and that many were surprised to receive their identification cards within three to five minutes.
“I think a lot of people feel proud about the fact that they got this card. It makes a lot of difference when people have a sense of ownership over such things because previously you were registered to vote but you didn’t have anything to show that you were registered to vote.
“This time around you have something to show,” he said. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said about 1100 centres would open in the coming weeks which would allow people to register at a booth near their homes.
“We have got more equipment being initialised and put into operation in the next couple of days as the registration team spreads out.
“Some of these centres would remain open for longer periods throughout the registering days like the Suva Civic Centre because it is very convenient for people to come here,” he said.