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Election Candidate nomination begins in Fiji

Commission Chair Suresh Chandra

SUVA, Fiji – October 3, 2018: 4.55pm (FBC NEWS/FIJI TIMES): The Fiji Electoral Commission has this morning begun the nomination period for independent candidates and political parties for the general election next month.

Commission Chair Suresh Chandra says during the two weeks nomination – the Supervisor of Elections will check all applications for compliance and see whether they’ve met the requirements before a decision is made.

He says nominations are now open till the 15th of this month.

“The nomination forms are to be accompanied with deposits of $1000 (US$500) for each party candidate and $1000 for each independent candidate. Those who wish to register on their nomination as an independent candidate must also present a list of one thousand supporters in the approved form along with the nomination form.”

Chandra adds if any candidate wishes to withdraw their nomination – they are to provide a written notice to the SOE no later than 12pm on 16 October.

“The objections to any candidate nominations appeals to the decision of the SOE must be received by the electoral commission no later than by 4pm on 16th of October. Once this requirement has been met and any objections and appeals approved, dealt with than the FEO will proceed with the national candidate list ball draw.”

The Electoral Commission says there will be two types of nomination forms – one for individual candidates and the other for political parties. Both forms can be accessed from the Fijian Elections website.

Meanwhile, seven Australian election observers have been accredited by the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) for next month’s general election.

The seven will be part of the Multi-National Observer Group for the 2018 General Election.

Seema Chandra and Daniel Kark were accredited last week. In a statement, the FEO confirmed the accreditation of Australian MOG team lead by Alice Cawte along with Genevieve Richards, Andrew Elborn, Priya Sivakumaran and Toby Sharpe.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said more observers would arrive into the country soon.

He earlier said that the FEO looked forward to the observer missions activity in observing this year’s election and they were also prepared to provide all the necessary information and support they would require to fulfil their mission.

The 2018 General Election will be held on November 14, 2018 from 7.30am to 6pm after the Writ for Election was issued yesterday by the President.

Early last month, Government set out the terms of reference (TOR) for the MOG, with minister responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum saying the TOR would allow the group to observe and evaluate the functions and operations of the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) for the 2018 General Election and also the other processes involved in the lead-up, during and after the polls. Australia, Indonesia and India will co-lead the MOG for the coming polls

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