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Healy Backs Student Body Polls

The Fijian Elections Office will for the first time conduct the Fiji National University Students’ Association elections making it the largest polls during a non-General Elections year. This is also
14 Oct 2016 10:55
Healy Backs Student Body Polls
FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey

The Fijian Elections Office will for the first time conduct the Fiji National University Students’ Association elections making it the largest polls during a non-General Elections year.

This is also the first ever students’ elections conducted under the newly-formed FNU Student Association umbrella body which was launched at its Nasinu Campus yesterday.

FNU vice chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said the importance of a proper electoral process was crucial for the FNUSA, which was the legitimate body to speak for their students.

“It is very important in the interest of our stakeholders that we have a very strong represented student body,” Mr Healy said.

“It is also very important that we have a student association that actually provides services to our students that’s actually supporting them in place.

“Because people come to university, not just for an education but they come in for a holistic experience.”

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said they were proud to be a key partner in running FNU’s student association elections.

“By directly involving ourselves in this election, we will be in a better position to demonstrate electoral best practices that are universally accepted to students who are the future of the country,” he said.

Mr Saneem revealed that FNU students would also get a chance to be poll workers during their elections.

He said FNU had written to the Minister responsible for elections seeking approval for the FEO to conduct their elections.

The four FNU campuses that will be holding FNUSA elections are Koronivia, Pasifika, Tamavua and Labasa with about 3300 students expected to vote.

The other campuses are not holding elections mainly due to the nominations for the positions being uncontested and for the Nabua campus where no nominations were received.

For all four campuses that would be holding their elections, there are a total of 15 positions that are being contested.

Attendance voting will be conducted from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday October 25 while students that would be on industrial work attachment on the day of election will be using postal voting.

While the FNU elections will be a chance for FEO to train many young people in the elections system, Mr Saneem also encouraged tertiary institutions to look at offering electoral related courses and programmes to enhance the capacity of students and ordinary Fijians in the electoral arena.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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