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Sources say registration clerks are having to cover huge distances but are not getting any meal allowance, travel or field allowances.
According to sources: "The poor clerks are paid $100 in advance and such clerks go as far as the Western Division, Namosi areas - even as far as Lau.
"Yet there is inconsistency as Taveuni Clerks are paid $360."
Sources say errors are inevitable as a result of the push to register so many in such a short time and staff not being looked after properly.
Clerks are worse off and appear to have been left in the dark. According to sources they have been told only that funds will be deposited into their account, but with no banks in the rural areas they can't access the money.
It's claimed some have been stranded at some points.
There are also reports of cases where co-ordination is lacking, there is no team work and kits have arrived late at stations as a result.
While the illegal prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, last week said government officials shouldn't expect to get paid, sources say registration clerks are not in the same boat.
"Again, margin for error is huge. If the Australian government is genuine, why are they paying such rates to our people? This is double standards if true.
"If Government is also serious about elections, why are the Fijian people treated this way? Who is accountable for this debacle?"
Meanwhile, the C4.5 blogger who was first to note the regime would have to register far more than it reckoned to reach its goal, has had another look at the campaign. See below where he thinks things are at now:
Since then I have had to revise the daily target to 10,000 registrations after discovering that the regime’s plan was actually to conduct registrations every day, including Sundays for a total of 60 days.
Challenges like technical limitations, geographical dispersions, and willingness of eligible voters to attend registration on their own accord were some of the challenges that needed to be overcome.
The shortfall was growing by the day but was stemmed only slightly by the best result of the week on the seventh day. The overall shortfall would have to be reversed in its entirety, and in very quick fashion if there is to be any real chance of achieving the end target of 600,000 registrations.