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November 28, 2021

Non-Motu-Koita husbands not eligible to vote

The Motu-Koita elections are set for July and Electoral Commission agents have been updatingthe electoral rolls.

There is one challenge however.

When Electoral Commission agents visited KiraKira village to updatethe rolls and conduct awareness onthe recent changes in eligibilitythey were met with concerned villagers.

Apart fromthe usual age eligibility,the concern is withthe new change where only those who are Motu-Koita by birth are allowed to vote.

Womenhave expressed concerned thattheir non Motu-Koita husbands are not eligible to vote under a new eligibility procedure.

Womenwhose husbands are non-Motu Koita saidthe criteria excludingtheir husbands should be reviewed and more awareness should have been conducted about this change.

There were also concerns for adopted family members.

Forthe Motu-Koita elections, Writs will be issued betweenthe 6th and 12th of June. Polling will be fromthe 6th tothe 9th of July. Andthe Writs will be returned on August 30th.

Pictured: Some of Motu-Koita women married to non Motu-Koita men who have raised concerns.


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