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Saneem Explains NADRA; Slams Parties For ‘Incorrect Basis’

The involvement of the Nation­al Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) with Fiji’s elections was brought up dur­ing discussions conducted by five political parties last Thursday. The Fijian Elections Office award­ed
23 Aug 2018 10:01
Saneem Explains NADRA; Slams Parties For ‘Incorrect Basis’
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem.

The involvement of the Nation­al Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) with Fiji’s elections was brought up dur­ing discussions conducted by five political parties last Thursday.

The Fijian Elections Office award­ed the “Election Management System” to the overseas company through an International Competi­tive Bidding process in May, 2016.

They developed and deployed an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) compliant, strategically secure and highly scalable election management sys­tem to FEO in June last year.

A communique circulated to members of the media at the press conference highlighted 18 issues the political parties wanted clarifi­cation on, one of which was about NADRA.

The parties claimed that the Electoral Commission refused to explain NADRA’s involvement in local election matters adding that the company was under various investigations for irregularities in the recent Pakistan elections.

Supervisor of Elections Moham­med Saneem said FEO has never contracted with NADRA, but con­tracted with its subsidiary NADRA Technologies Limited.

“The Fijian Elections Office con­tracted with the commercial arm of NADRA Technologies Limited which has not been subjected to any investigations or any par­ticular matter of that nature,” Mr Saneem said.

“In fact, NADRA Technologies Limited has jobs with the Euro­pean Union, the United Nations as well as other countries in the Afri­can region where they are provid­ing technology transfer and the Fi­jian Elections Office engaged with this company on the basis of their good reputation when it is working for the UN, EU and it was the lead company in the development of the refugee registration system.”

He clarified that the investigations mentioned by the parties were in relation to the former chairperson of NADRA, Tariq Malik, who is the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) chief technical advisor.

“The incidents reported by the parties are involving the unfair removal of Mr Malik from his posi­tion,” he said.

“There is a High Court ruling on that case which found that he was unfairly terminated and it was in this point in time when the inci­dents were reported in Pakistan.”

Mr Saneem said: “Parties have based their allegations on incorrect basis from the beginning.

“We never contracted with NA­DRA, there is a technological arm called NADRA Technologies Lim­ited which is a limited liabilities company.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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