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6 Out Of Poll

Six provisional candidates from four political parties have been disqualified for failing to meet the Electoral Act requirements. The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, yesterday named three of the six:
15 Oct 2018 11:58
6 Out Of Poll

Six provisional candidates from four political parties have been disqualified for failing to meet the Electoral Act requirements.

The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, yesterday named three of the six: Naziah Ali from FijiFirst, Adi Narayan from SODELPA Party and Feroz Gulam Mohammed from the National Federation Party.

Mr Saneem said he could not name the other three because of their criminal convictions.

It is understood that the three are Aminiasi Navuso, Sekove Tikinitabua Qoro and Maciusela Susu from the Fiji Labour Party.

Mr Saneem said the total approved candidates’ stood at 172 out of 178 nominations processed.

FijiFirst filed 51 nominated candidates. One, Ms Ali, was not approved because she was out of the country for at least 18 months within two years.

“We have referred the results of the nomination process to the party and they have until midday tomorrow (today) to nominate another candidate in place of the person who was not approved or alternatively file an appeal with the Electoral Commission for reconsideration of the decision on October 16, 2018,” Mr Saneem said.

FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said they would nominate a replacement today.

Ms Ali is now the FijiFirst Youth Wing leader.

Mr Saneem approved 50 candidates and rejected the nomination for Adi Narayan.

“The information has been conveyed to the SODELPA secretariat and they have until tomorrow (today) midday to replace the candidate that has not been approved or they could alternatively file an appeal with the Electoral Commission on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 should they wish to do so,” Mr Saneem said.

It is understood that Mr Narayan holds dual citizenship of Fiji and Canada.

The Party’s general secretary Adi Litia Qionibaravi said the party would nominate another candidate and would also appeal to the Electoral Commission.

The third political party that submitted its nominations was the National Federation Party.

“The candidate, Feroz Gulam Mohammed, was out of the country around 228 days and as a result did not meet the requirements set out by the Electoral Act,” said Mr Saneem.

NFP leader Biman Prasad, in a statement, said the party would file the nomination of a provisional candidate.

Mr Prasad said: “We will replace Mr Mohammed by nominating a candidate before the closure of nominations at 12pm tomorrow (today),” Mr Prasad said.

The Fiji Labour Party nominated 25 candidates.

Mr Saneem said three were disqualified because of criminal convictions.

“The Fiji Labour Party may replace the candidates by midday tomorrow or alternatively file an appeal to the Electoral Commission on 16 October, 2018 before 4pm,” Mr Saneem said.

FLP’s parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra Singh said he was in the West and was not aware that three provisional candidates had been disqualified.

He said he would follow up today.

“Only when I have seen the letter, then we will be able to determine if we will appeal the decision or not,” he said.

Mr Saneem said FEO would not accept any further nominations after midday today.

“At this stage, the processing time for political party nominations has vastly improved due to the FEO and all the agency partners that prepared for this General Election.

“The objections and appeals period will start on Tuesday and any person who wishes to do so will be able to access the list of candidates firstly from the FEO website and our social media pages and if we are able to get it done on time,” Mr Saneem said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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