THE supervisor of elections does not have to be a lawyer under the new Constitution, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
During the recent Certified Practising Accountants congress in Nadi, he said this was one factor that was removed during the formulation process of the new document.
"Previously, to be a supervisor of elections, you had to be a lawyer. This does not say that you have to be a lawyer in the new Constitution because there are many countries that hold successful elections without having the supervisor of elections being a lawyer," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"That was the old school approach. We need a very good administrator with a lot of experience.
"We hope to have elections conducted in one day and that can be done. Obviously, there will be a lot more resources but we need to build a very strong independent elections office.
"The idea is that we need to have the processes in the lead up to elections, during elections and post elections, transparent, fair and they also need to adequately address issues of credibility."
Until now, he said, Fiji did not have a reconciliation of ballot papers that were printed, used and unused from the 2006 elections.
He said this was something that should have been done immediately after elections.
"Those issues need to be ironed out. There needs to be specific rules regarding the conduct of elections."