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Elections Mid November?

Fiji could go to the polls mid November. The writ of elections will be issued when Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama returns from the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New
21 Sep 2018 13:51
Elections Mid November?
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva on September 20, 2018 at the groundbreaking for the Fijian Holdings Limited Tower. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fiji could go to the polls mid November.

The writ of elections will be issued when Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama returns from the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

He leaves the country today and is scheduled to return on October 3.

However, last year he had returned earlier than expected. Fiji will host the Royal couple – Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from October 23 to 25.

And, Fiji will end its Presidency of COP23 in Poland when COP24 is held from December 3 to 14, this year.

With the time left, the Fiji Sun is anticipating the writ of elections to be issued early next month, to give time for the preparation of the political parties contesting the elections.

The UNGA 73 will open on September 18 and the first day of high-level general debate will be on the September 25 and is scheduled to last for nine working days.

A release from UN media said that María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President-elect of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), announced in July 2018, that the theme of the general debate will be, “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”

Programme:

On Monday, September 24, the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The plenary will adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States.

In May 2018 the Permanent Representatives of South Africa and Ireland, serving as co-facilitators, began consulting with governments on the content of the declaration.

On Wednesday, September 26, the UNGA will hold a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, as agreed by Member States in February 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub has reported on those consultations here.

On Thursday, September 27, the UN will hold a one-day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue.

A number of events will take place in parallel to the opening of the 73rd session of the UNGA under the banners of Global Goals Week 2018 andClimate Week NYC 2018.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

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