SUNCITY

Two Receive Civil Marriage Certificates

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum presented Certificates of Civil Marriage Celebrant to two Fijians yesterday in Suva. Sulochna Wati Sharma, a social worker from Ba, and Eminoni
14 Oct 2015 10:30
Two Receive Civil Marriage Certificates
Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (middle) awarded the certificates of Civil Marriage Celebrant to Sulochna Wati Sharma (left) and Eminoni Leka yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum presented Certificates of Civil Marriage Celebrant to two Fijians yesterday in Suva.

Sulochna Wati Sharma, a social worker from Ba, and Eminoni Leka, a chief electrician of Royal Davui Island Resort, will now be able to conduct legal civil marriages at any convenient day or time.

They join four other Civil Marriage Celebrants who were already given certificates earlier this year.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said people who preferred to get married at unique locations or destinations at different times could use the service of Civil Marriage Celebrants.

He said there were people who got married in faith-based setting, but would also want civil marriages which the marriage celebrants could perform.

“Apart from the fact that Fiji is a tourist destination, it is also becoming a marriage destination. Sometimes people want to get married at odd times or different times of the day and sometimes they want to get married at unique locations, so these are the celebrants who can provide those service,” he said.

“These celebrants will be able to conduct marriage ceremonies where people wanted them conducted and of course charge a fee too that is between them and whoever they conduct marriage of.”

These celebrants pay a $3000 application fee and they get verified for their background and criminal records.

Ms Sharma has been a social worker for 21 years and says it was an opportunity that she gladly took in order to help community members.

Mr Leka, originally from Ugaga Island off the Coast of Beqa Island says they have about three to four marriages in a month.

“When we have marriages we have to get civil marriage celebrants from mainland,” he said.

“Now since I am a certificate holder, I will be able to conduct civil marriages within our island and it will be more convenient to the people there.”

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