Women casting their votes in large numbers

Mothers and grandmothers have been out since sunrise to exercise their civic duty.

Timaima Vulimailaucala told RNZ Pacific that today is the most important day for all Fijians.

"It is an important processor as citizens to come forward and cast your vote because whichever government of the day gets elected is because of your effort to cast your vote and make it known that this is what you wanted.

"There's a long queue here, people are going away because of the queue but I would recommend or ask them to come back. This is the only day that you can make a change.

"If you want to change something, this is the only time you can do it. You can't sit back and expect something to change if you're not there to do it yourself," said Vulimailaucala.