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Electoral Commission Meets Senior Officials Of Political Parties

Electoral Commission Meets Senior Officials Of Political Parties
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem
August 10
11:00 2018

The Electoral Commission yesterday concluded a meeting with senior of­ficials of registered Political Parties.

All Parties except for Freedom Alliance were present at the meeting where the Su­pervisor of Elections also ran an update on preparations towards the 2018 General Elec­tion.

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra said: “This was an opportune time for the Electoral Commission to communi­cate with senior officials of Political Parties and particularly to hear any issues they may be facing, as well as to deal with any other ongoing procedural matters.”

The Political Parties were also informed that the Electoral Commission will not be seeking any further changes to the Elec­toral System and will be taking the coun­try to elections based on the current legal framework and the Electoral System that is in place, in order to ensure that there is certainty.

Mr Chandra said it also ensured that all preparations put into the Electoral process are useful in the conduct of the General Election.

“It is important to ensure that there is cer­tainty and that all Parties know the rules and procedures of the elections in order to ensure that we have a free and fair elec­tion. As such the Electoral Commission has taken this opportunity to talk to senior offi­cials of the Parties to iron out any teething issues they may be facing in relation to the Election.”

During the discussions, Party officials were also briefed on the ongoing activities of the FEO as well as legal requirements they may have to look out for closer to the Election.

In explaining the requirements, Supervi­sor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said that Political Parties have been requested to gather the list of official social media ac­counts that they may be operating.

This will enable the Fijian Elections Office to implement the law nearer to Election Day when the 48-hour campaign black-out pe­riod is in effect.

Political Parties have also been informed to gather all their accounts and also to com­municate with those who may be operating accounts not held by the Political Party un­der its control.

The Electoral Commission anticipates that this meeting concludes with Political Par­ties having greater capacity to operate un­der the legal framework for the 2018 General Election.

The meeting also coincides with the Com­mission’s theme for 2018 which is to make the 2018 General Election a Platform for All Fijians to Express their Will with Confi­dence, Security and Freedom.

Source: Fijian Elections Office

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