2022 General Election: Let’s make it count – Pre-poll voting draws huge interest

Semi Nabanuve after casting his vote at Nanau Village Rakiraki. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Fijians, including the elderly, people living with disabilities, first-time voters and those who did not vote in the past elections are making every effort to vote in the 2022 General Election.

People in remote communities on the two main islands and in maritime zones are staying put at home and waiting for Fijian Elections Office officials to turn up and conduct pre-polling voting — some braving long walks in searing sun and heavy rain.

Students are even finding time between exam papers to make their vote count in this year’s polls.

Village headmen and elders said they explained the importance of voting and urged villagers, especially youths, to vote.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem made an urgent plea to all Fijians to “come out and vote” after the FEO reported pre-polling voting for day one at 65.75 per cent for 137 venues and 68.89 per cent for 94 venues on day two.

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