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Fijian Elections Staff Bound for Training in Korea

Fijian Elections Staff Bound  for Training in Korea
Fijian Election Staff going to Seoul Korea for The Foreign Election Management Body officials course (from left) Ana Seniloli, Avinesh Kumar, Yogesh Prasad, Isireli Rabanakadavu, Election Supervisor Mohammed Saneem, Don Kadir, Korean Ambassador to Fiji Kim Seong-in, Aisea Wainiqolo, Asenaca Kolinivala, Atish Chand and Sheenal Sharma in Suva yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.
October 07
10:30 2015

In a bid to broaden election knowledge and procedures, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will be sending 11 of its staff members to attend the Foreign Election Management Body (EMB) Officials in Seoul, Korea.

This follows an invitation from the National Election Commission of the Republic of Korea through the Korean Embassy in Fiji.

The group leaves next week to attend the October 19 to 31 training.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the two-week programme would be a learning experience for their staff members.

“It is important for FEO staff to attend as many elections as possible,” Mr Saneem said.

“This is because the general election happens in a period of time. In Fiji, it is mostly in a four-year gap. This means that anybody who worked in the last election will only have one national election experience at the next election.

“The way to build capacity is to go and observe as many elections in other countries, to participate in electoral processes in other countries or in their own countries in different levels like trade union elections in Fiji, for staff to become more experienced with elections and electoral procedures.”

The course, he said, would include an overview of the National Election Commission of Korea, the candidate registration process, a briefing on the election campaign mechanisms, voting management, practicing election ICT which Korea was a leader in, and the count management.

“It will also include presentation of counting reports from Fiji and Armenia, which is also participating in this programme,” he said

“The programme will also be covering a by-election and we will be undertaking a field trip to observe pre-polling, election campaign, voting and counting of the by-election that will be taking place when the team is there.”

South Korea was one of the first donor countries to the FEO during last year’s election.

They donated four Santa Fe vehicles and also offered ICT assistance.




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