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Public Office Holders Should Remain Apolitical: Saneem

The Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has asked public office holders to remain apolitical when publicly talking about issues. The call comes six days after Mr Saneem lodged a complaint
06 Feb 2018 11:00
Public Office Holders Should Remain Apolitical: Saneem
Fijian Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem on January 24, 2018.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has asked public office holders to remain apolitical when publicly talking about issues.

The call comes six days after Mr Saneem lodged a complaint against a Nadi Justice of Peace (JP) for a social media post, according to a media report.

In the report, the supervisor said the content of the post was illegal, citing Sections 53 (9 and 11) of the Electoral Act.

“The comments regarding elec­tions and other political matters are a breach of his appointment as a JP,” Mr Saneem said.

“We request JPs not to mislead the people and if anyone intends to be political about matters, then they must refrain from holding a public office. They must carry out their duties as a JP in an apolitical and impartial manner.”

JPs are appointed, usually on a three-year term, by the Minister for Justice with consultations with the Chief Justice.

They are appointed to serve the public, especially those who cannot afford lawyers, free of charge. One of their major roles is to certify and verify documents, mainly for offi­cial use in court.

However, they cannot certify cer­tain documents such as birth cer­tificates.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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