Political parties in the country have sent off mixed reactions over the advertisement by the government of the key position of supervisor of elections.
A statement by the Ministry of Information yesterday said the advertisement had been published locally and distributed overseas through diplomatic channels.
The Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said the 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," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
The position is established under the 2013 Constitution and key responsibilities include administrating the registration of voters and conducting elections for members of parliament.
The Ministry of Information statement said those applying must have at least 15 years experience in conducting elections and must be able to demonstrate they had the skills and capacity to conduct national elections in one day using best international practices.
It also stated that 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.
Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry said while the supervisor of elections was needed, it was more important to get the electoral act and regulation in place.
"The Electoral Act 1998 and regulations issued under that was revoked by the government has not been replaced so there is no legislation governing the conduct of elections," Mr Chaudhry said.
"As far as the supervisor of elections position is concerned, it was advertised some time back but never filled after the advertisement appeared so advertising is one thing and filling the position with the right person is another and it must be completely independent of the government."
Mr Chaudhry said the supervisor of elections must be a person whom the people of Fiji had confidence in, was independent of the government and had the right qualifications for the position.
"It must be an independent office not under the control of any minister."
Mr Chaudhry said the more important thing was to get the legislation in place which would set the framework for elections.
SODELPA member Dr Tupeni Baba said the position being under the Attorney General was not independent.
"The whole thing is flawed; it's working under the government to control the elections."
NFP president Raman Pratap Singh said they were concerned about the person appointing which does not render the office holder to be independent.
"According to the Constitution transitional provision 167 subsection three, all the functions of the Constitutional Officers Commission shall be performed by the Prime Minister."
Mr Singh said his party was requesting for the appointment of a caretaker government at least six months before elections as they would be independent and would not interfere with the elections process.
Th Peoples Democratic Party spokesman Nirmal Singh said they have been observing the process and witnessed credible progress made towards holding credible 2014 elections.
"We have met and consulted with several foreign monitors such as those from the New Zealand Government, EU who have come into the country and met with us. They have advised that they are very comfortable that the elections will take place and has seen some credible developments leading towards elections."
Mr Singh said the appointment of the supervisor of elections puts another indicator that elections would be held.
"We would comment more when the supervisor of elections is appointed."
Applications for the position of the supervisor of elections must be received no later than Friday October 25, 2013.