Friday, February 14, 2014

Fijians in Australia register to vote

Fijians in Australia are registering to vote in Fiji's parliamentary election.

The vote scheduled to be held by September is designed as a key step toward the country's transition to democratic rule.

The Pacific island nation is led by a military government that took power in a coup in 2006.

Voter registration in Fiji is already underway. Registration for Fijians in Australia began on Friday.

At Fiji's Consulate General in Sydney, voter cards were handed out to those who completed necessary paperwork and had their photos taken.

A Fijian in his 20s said he has never voted before. He said he hopes the new government will tackle poverty and unemployment.

A man in his 50s who has spent more than 30 years in Australia said he wants the new government to bring about change.

An election commission staff member said about 3,000 Fijians in Australia are expected to register, since interest in the vote is very high.