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Saneem Explains Election Fund Use

The Government and donors funds received by the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) are kept separately. This was clarified by Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem while presenting to the Public Accounts
16 Jul 2015 09:31
Saneem Explains Election Fund Use
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem in Parliament yesterday.

The Government and donors funds received by the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) are kept separately.

This was clarified by Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem while presenting to the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

“Donor funds usually have their very high requirement as well as Government funds and they are managed through a trust account and the Government’s funds are managed through the Government requirements and donor funds goes into the trust account while the Government funds comes from the drawings account,”Mr Saneem said.

He also highlighted that FEO did not have an accountant or a senior accounting officer between years 2010 to 2012.

Then in 2014, FEO was constituted under the 2014 Electoral Decree and Mr Saneem was then confirmed as the new Supervisor of Elections.

“A lot of processes under the decree have allowed FEO to divert from existing practices and set up best practices within the office to ensure integrity, transparency and accountability.”

Mr Saneem also highlighted that FEO recruited 1050 ordinary Fijians during the registration period. He said it was impossible to engage existing public service personnel because of the number needed.

He added that they had now started with the next voter registration process to avoid the last minute rush.

“So far we have started with the schools and had recorded 500 people registration   a day and we will be running this for 30 days.”

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