PEOPLE nominated as candidates for the elections must have a clean record for eight years prior to the filing of nominations.
It means that candidates should not be convicted of any offence under any law during the eight years immediately before being nominated for which the maximum penalty is a 12-month imprisonment or more.
The 2013 Constitution states that a person may be a candidate for election to parliament only if the person is a citizen of Fiji and does not hold citizenship of any other country.
Also, the candidate must be registered as a voter and ordinarily be resident in Fiji for at least two years immediately before being nominated.
The candidate should not be an undischarged bankrupt. The candidate must not be a member of the Electoral Commission and has not been a member of the commission at any time during the four years immediately before being nominated. Furthermore, the candidate should not be subject to a sentence of imprisonment when nominated. He/she should not have been found guilty of any offence under a law relating to elections, registration of political parties or registration of voters. The Constitution states that a political party shall not nominate more candidates than the total number of seats in parliament.
Also, a written law may make provisions relating to the nomination of candidates for election to parliament.
Most importantly, every candidate and every political party nominating a candidate must comply with any written law governing elections.