Parties’ want soft copy of electoral roll
February 06, 2014 09:36:47
Two of Fiji’s registered political parties have written to the Elections Office asking for electronic copies of the electoral roll.
The National Federation Party and SODELPA said a soft copy of the roll would facilitate their preparations for the 2014 Elections in terms of keeping track of their supporters and keeping them informed on progress.
All four registered parties were each given a hard copy of the voters roll, and to get an additional one would cost them $5000.
“It will be easier for our campaign as we can get finer details of our voters,” Mr Singh said.
SODELPA general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu echoed the same sentiments adding that with one roll or event two, it still restricts the parties’ efforts to reach out to all supporters around Fiji.
“One of the roll contains more than 500,000 names. With an electronic copy, we’d be able to reach out to more people in different parts of Fiji over a short time than having to carry the hard copies around which would limit us to visiting one place at a time,” Mr Tabaiwalu said.
“With the electronic copy, we’d be able to save copies and be able to reach out to supporters’ to check their details, particularly those who find it hard to travel to Suva. It’s not like we will change anything on that document because the master copy is with the Elections Office.
“In fact we believe that it should be made available because it’s a public document.”
He said government has a distinct advantage because they have an electronic copy.
“It is not them against us, what we all want is to help each other out so that we can move forward and make the elections a fair and transparent one,” Mr Tabaiwalu said.
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari