Posts tagged 2014 Elections

DETAILS ANNOUNCED OF VOTER REGISTRATION IN AUSTRALIA

The Fijian Elections Office has announced the details of its campaign to register Fijians living in Australia to vote in the 2014 General Election.

Five registration teams from the Elections Office will be registering potential voters from 14 February until 22 February at multiple locations across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, including Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The teams will also be visiting other major towns and cities in these three states, such as Penrith, Griffith, Ballarat, Banyo, and Cairns.

The complete program is available on the Elections Office website or from the Fiji High Commission in Canberra.

Every Fijian over the age of 18 is being encouraged to come forward and is required to produce a valid Fijian passport.

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Chen Bunn Young, said that the Commission would be working closely with the Permanent Secretary Responsible for Elections, Mohammed Saneem, and the Fiji High Commission to oversee this important undertaking.

“This is the chance for Fijians in Australia to register to make their voices heard in the 2014 General Election and I urge them to take advantage of the opportunity,” he said.

In announcing the details of the registration drive, the Permanent Secretary urged potential voters to check the official program that is available on the Elections Office website or from the Fiji High Commission.

“With the assistance of the High Commission, careful planning has gone into this exercise to allow our registration teams to canvas as wide an area as possible in only nine days. It is very important that people check the program to know when a team will be visiting a town or city near them,” he said.

Commenting on the announcement, the Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said that the registration of overseas voters was an important part of ensuring a free and fair election.

“The Bainimarama Government is determined to meet our goal of an election that is fair, credible and conducted to the best international standards. This includes giving Fijians living abroad the opportunity to register and vote,” he said.

The campaign of registering Fijian voters living abroad began in October last year in New Zealand. After Australia, voter registration teams will travel to the west coast of North America and Britain.

The registration teams in Australia will be led by Asenaca Kolinivala, Acting Principal Administration Officer at the Fijian Elections Office.

SIX ELECTIONS EXPERTS TO VISIT FIJI IN COMING MONTHS

Six elections experts are due to visit Fiji at different times over the course of the next two months to assist with all the various aspects of preparations for the 2014 parliamentary poll.

New ZealandAustralia and the European Union will each be providing two experts.

“The list of elections experts was finalised yesterday at a meeting of a sub-committee of development partners, including representatives from Australia, New Zealand, and the European Union,” said Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“These experts will review the gap-analysis reports produced by New Zealand, the European Union and the Commonwealth, and will work with the Bainimarama Government, the Elections Office, and the soon-to-be-appointed Electoral Commission to finalise planning for all aspects related to the 2014 election,” he said.

The Attorney-General mentioned that this would include identifying polling stations, developing a specific list of material needs,  drafting the rules and regulations that will guide the electoral process, and establishing a fair and transparent system for the hiring of elections staff on merit and for their training.

“By the end of this process, we will have a detailed plan for carrying out next year’s election, which will not only ensure that  it will be fair, transparent and credible, but will also assist our development partners to know exactly how and where they can contribute,” he said.

Fiji Elections Office Needs Supervisor of Elections

9/16/2013

The Fiji Elections Office is calling for applications for the position of Supervisor of Elections in the lead up to the 2014 parliamentary elections.

The advertisement has been published locally and has also been distributed overseas through diplomatic channels.

The Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said that the Bainimarama Government was particularly encouraging applications from elections experts overseas.

“It is very important that this position be filled by an individual with the necessary skills and expertise, who can build capacity in the Elections Office and who can ensure that Fiji’s national elections are conducted in a fair, transparent and credible manner,” said the Minister.

The position is established under the 2013 Constitution and key responsibilities include administrating the registration of voters and conducting elections for Members of Parliament.

Preferably, applicants must have at least 15 years’ experience in conducting elections and must be able to demonstrate that they have the skills and capacity to conduct national elections in one day using best international practices.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they have the ability and a plan to build long term capacity, skills transfer and career paths within the Elections Office.

Applications must be received by no later than Friday, 25 October 2013.

AG CHAIRS INAUGURAL MEETING OF ELECTIONS “COORDINATING COMMITTEE”

Yesterday [Monday June 10], Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum convened and chaired the inaugural meeting of an international committee to discuss assistance for Fijian Elections Office leading up to the 2014 parliamentary elections.

“This first meeting marks a significant step forward in Fiji’s preparations for the 2014 elections. The Bainimarama Government’s top priority is making sure that elections are conducted in a smooth, transparent and apolitical manner, using best international practices, unlike elections in the past. Partnership with the international community will help us achieve this,” said the Minister, speaking after the meeting.

The Coordinating Committee will be responsible for organising and coordinating member countries’ assistance for the 2014 elections.

Yesterday’s meeting included High Commissioners, Ambassadors and representatives from United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, India, France and Britain, as well as representatives from the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

It is also understood that other countries and organisations may join the Committee.

“The Committee has been organised to identify what resources each country is willing and able to contribute,” said the Minister.

Committee members are expected to report back to the Minister Responsible for Elections on what specific assistance their governments or organizations will be willing to provide to the Fijian Elections Office in preparation for the 2014 elections.

The Coordinating Committee will have its second meeting early next month.

AG Sayed-Khaiyum’s Invitation to the World: Participate in 2014

The Fiji Government has invited the global community to participate in preparations for the 2014 general election.

A letter has been sent to the heads of all diplomatic missions in Fiji by the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, laying out a timetable for election preparations and inviting them to take part.

A year ago, Fiji also invited other countries to participate in the successful Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) that continues in 2013.

The letter has also been sent to a range of multilateral agencies such as the United Nations Development Program, the Asian Development Bank, the International Labour Organisation and the Pacific Forum.

The Attorney-General says the Bainimarama Government has allocated $11.4 million dollars in the 2013 Budget for election preparations, including voter registration within Fiji and abroad, the recruitment of key personnel and the purchase of election materials such as ballot boxes.

He sets out several areas in which the global community can participate. The immediate priorities are planning the administration and logistics for the election, assessing the technical requirements of holding the poll and funding such things as the printing of ballot papers and voter lists.

In the second quarter of 2013 – the AG adds – Fiji invites participation to draft the rules and regulations for the election and also begin a program of civil education and awareness to educate Fijians on the new electoral system.

At the beginning of the third quarter of this year, the supply of election materials will commence. Expressions of Interest were advertised in Fiji last weekend for qualified companies to supply a range of items and advertisements are also being commissioned by Fiji’s diplomatic missions abroad.

“These preparations are for the first parliamentary elections ever conducted on the basis of one person, one vote, one value. We have a lot of ground to cover and we need the best possible preparations now to ensure a transparent process and state of preparedness. We need proper systems to guard against fraud and protect the integrity of the new parliament,” the Attorney-General added.