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Chairperson Makes His First Statement Since Appointment

The following is a statement by Suresh Chandra, Fijian Electoral Commission chairman: On 3 February 2017, I and six others were appointed by His Excellency the President as Electoral Commissioners
22 Feb 2017 11:12

The following is a statement by Suresh Chandra, Fijian Electoral Commission chairman:

On 3 February 2017, I and six others were appointed by His Excellency the President as Electoral Commissioners in accordance with Section 75 of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji.

In accordance with Section 75 of the Constitution, the Electoral Commission is responsible for the following in addition to any other powers under any other law:

  •  the registration of citizens as voters, and the regular revision of the Register of Voters;
  •  voter education;
  •  the registration of candidates for election;
  •  the settlement of electoral disputes, including disputes relating to or arising from nominations, but excluding election petitions and disputes subsequent to the declaration of election results; and
  • monitoring and enforcing compliance with any written law governing elections and political parties.

As chairperson of the Electoral Commission, I will work alongside my fellow Commissioners, the Supervisor of Elections and the Fijian Elections Office to ensure that all election activities are conducted in line with the Fijian Constitution and all other laws governing elections and that all Fijians receive election services of the highest possible quality.

I commend the FEO on the work achieved so far in preparation for the upcoming General Election and look forward to doing my part to contribute to these preparatory efforts.

I have already led our first meeting … at which it was decided to award the seat vacated in Parliament due to the resignation of Roko Tupou Draunidalo to Parmod Chand of the National Federation Party.

I speak on behalf of the entire Electoral Commission when I express our steadfast commitment to adhere to the highest standards of transparency, fairness and accountability in our work alongside our partners leading up to the 2018 General Election.

PROFILE of Mr Chandra:

  • Chairperson for the Fijian Electoral Commission, appointed to the position by the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote on February 3
  • A legal practitioner by profession, Mr Chandra is a proprietor at MC Lawyers, a private practice which he joined in 1993
  • Has served in the Public Service Commission in various capacities, namely as the Acting Deputy Receiver (1997 and 1979), the Executive Officer/Marriage Officer in the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages Office (1976), the Deputy Registrar of Titles and Deeds (1977 – 1985) as the Registrar of Titles (1985 – 1987) and then as a Legal Officer (1991 – 1993)
  • He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South Pacific and an LLB from the University of Otago, New Zealand
  • He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand in 1991, then the High Court of Fiji in 1992.
  • Appointed chairperson of the Boundaries Commission in 2008 to facilitate general election in Fiji.
  • Raised from humble beginnings in Tavua, and is married with one child.

Source: Fijian Elections Office

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