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All Members, Not Just Delegates Can Vote in FPSA Election: Singh

The Fiji Public Service Association (FPSA) has reiterated that every member, not just delegates as claimed, can vote in its election of office bearers. The claim was made by aspiring
22 Mar 2017 11:00
All Members, Not Just Delegates Can Vote in FPSA Election: Singh
From left: Fiji Public Service Association (FPSA) financial controller Praveen Chand, national vice president Vishwa Deo, national councillor Ramesh Chand, national president Judith Kotobalavu, and general secretary Rajeshwar Singh. Photo: Charles Chambers

The Fiji Public Service Association (FPSA) has reiterated that every member, not just delegates as claimed, can vote in its election of office bearers.

The claim was made by aspiring candidate Damodaran Nair, that only delegates would vote based on a notice of an annual delegates meeting on March 25.

The Fijian Elections Office has rejected Mr Nair’s application for the general secretary candidacy.

General secretary Rajeshwar Singh said Mr Nair’s claim was a misrepresentation of the provisions of the FPSA constitution.

He quotes section 82 on voting which says:

(a) Secret Balloting: All decisions taken by a meeting of the Association in respect of the following matters shall be by secret ballot:

  1. Election of officers
  2. Determination of membership subscription and levies
  3. Amendment to or replacement of the Constitution of the Association
  4. Amalgamation of the Association with another Association
  5. Federation of the Association with any other trade union or with a trade union federation
  6. Dissolution of the Association
  7. All matters relating to strikes and lockouts

Section 83: Voting at Elections: Every member voting at any election shall record his vote for the like number of candidates, as there are vacancies.

The election is set for March 25 and Mr Singh is unopposed while Judith Kotobalavu is unopposed for president. Both have retained their positions.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce



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