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Interested Candidates Stay Requirement Begins

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) would like to remind all persons interested to be candidates in the 2018 General Election that yesterday marks the start of the 18-month legal residential
08 Apr 2016 10:23
Interested Candidates Stay Requirement Begins
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem.

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) would like to remind all persons interested to be candidates in the 2018 General Election that yesterday marks the start of the 18-month legal residential requirement under section 58 of the Constitution and sections 23 (4)(c) and 23 (5) of the Electoral Decree, 2014.

All potential candidates must be present and living in Fiji for no less than 18 months in the two year period which may possibly be calculated backwards from any date between April 6, 2018 and October 13, 2018.

“The next General Election is a long time away, however, April 6, 2016 represents an important date in the electoral calendar for anyone seeking office in 2018.

“If you are interested in running for office, the Electoral Decree stipulates that you must spend 18 of the next 24 months present and living in Fiji in order for your nomination to be approved,” the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said.

Section 58 of the Constitution says term of parliament is ordinarily four years, unless dissolved earlier, from the date of its first sitting after a general election.

Parliament first sat on  October 6, 2014 and as per section 58(3), the President may dissolve parliament acting on the advice of the Prime Minister after a lapse of three years and six months from the date of its first sitting. Thereafter the President is required to issue the Writ for Elections within seven days.

Mr Saneem requested that potential candidates to monitor for updates from FEO as they continue their preparations for the 2018 General Election.

Source: Fijian Elections Office

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