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President Issues Writ Of Election, Voter Registration Ends

The voter registration process for the 2018 General Election came to an end at 6pm yesterday. The President of Fiji Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote announced this during the issuance
02 Oct 2018 11:24
President Issues Writ Of Election, Voter  Registration Ends
From left; Electoral Commissioners: Graham Bruce Southwick, Simione Naiduki, Electoral Commission Chairman Suresh Chandra, the President Major-General Jioji Konrote, Kavita Raniga, Margot Marie Jenkins, Ratu Paula Halaiwalu and Jawahar Lal after the issue of the Writ of Election at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel on October 1, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The voter registration process for the 2018 General Election came to an end at 6pm yesterday.

The President of Fiji Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote announced this during the issuance of the Writ of Election to the Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

“To the Electoral Commission of Fiji, whereas by the virtue of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji it has become necessary to hold an election of members to sit and vote in Parliament,” Mr Konrote said.

“In the event that the election is contested, you must cause a poll to be taken on the 14th day of November 2018 and that you may cause pre-poll voting and postal voting prior to the 14th day of November, 2018.

“And I command you to endorse the names of the candidates, elect them as members of Parliament and return this writ on or before the 20th day of November, 2018.”

Commission Ready:

At a press conference later yesterday, Mr Chandra confirmed that eight registered political parties were eligible to contest the 2018 General Election.

These are: FijiFirst, Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA). National Federation Party (NFP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Fiji Labour Party (FLP), Freedom Alliance, Unity Fiji and HOPE.

Diplomatic community speaks:

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr said they were excited that the Writ of Election and the date has been designated for the elections.

“New Zealand has been providing support to the FEO since before the general election in 2014 and we have seen some good results from the support we have been providing,” Mr Curr said.

“We wish Fiji all the best in holding the 2018 General Election, it is an important part of democracy to allow Fijian citizens to have the opportunity to democratically elect their Government and we wish all of Fiji the very best of this. I have heard favourable comments regarding from a wide variety of people, who have been working with the FEO about what they have managed to achieve and improve on from the last election.”

Furthermore, the UN Resident co-ordinator, Sanaka Samarasinha, said he was looking forward to the coming weeks for a robust campaign by all parties that are likely to be contesting.

“I am also aware that around the time of election we will have the so-called Multi-National Observers Group and I am looking forward to a peaceful, free and fair election campaign and the election itself.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: sheenam.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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