Voter awareness has become a crucial and important function of the Fijian Elections Office [FEO] particularly in sensitizing voters about the elections process, voting process; the importance of being at the right polling venue come Election Day and what you can do if you are not sure about where to vote.
In light of this, the Awareness team has started to conduct voter info sessions in Suva, Naitasiri, and Rewa. These request based sessions have come through the Ministry of Information in their quest to empower youths in Fiji about their democratic right to vote in light of the upcoming 2018 General Election.
A total of 150 youths have so far been enlightened with Fiji’s electoral information including being taken through a mock voting exercise in which the participants themselves acted not only as voters but as election officials [formerly Polling Day Workers]. The exercise has proven to be an exciting content of the voter info session, drawing in more numbers of participants as the program progresses from week to week in selected areas in the Central Division.
To supplement our voter awareness sessions, the FEO has also taken to the media to add emphasis on the fact that the 2018 General Election is not too far away, and that it is imperative for voters to update their voter details as we expect an early election in 2018.
The Supervisor of Elections [SoE] has appeared in TV and radio talkback shows these last few days sharing about updated electoral information in order to sensitize voters about the elections process, voting process, and the electoral calendar from when the Election Day is announced to when the Writ for Election is returned.
Special focus on these media programs has also been directed to registered voters who wish to work on Election Day, to come out in number during Phase 2 of the Recruitment Drive. FEO’s aggressive awareness campaigns in the past have proven to be fruitful with a total of 13, 574 applications received after Phase 1 of the Recruitment Drive.
Social media Awareness:
FEO’s Facebook [FB] page continues to draw in more followers’ day in and day out. Since the last edition of this publication, the number of FB followers has increased to 47,000.
FEO’s FB page boasts videos, interviews, press conferences and advertisements including updates and schedules for any FEO public event.