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Tough work ahead for commission

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, January 11, 2014

THE newly-appointed seven-member Electoral Commission meets for the first time next week with one member saying it will be tough work ahead.

Father David Arms, who was part of the Electoral Commission from 2007 to 2009, believes meeting up is the first step.

"The chair (Chen Bunn Young) rung me up today (yesterday). I believe he would have done the same for all members," Father Arms said.

"We will have to set the perimeters of work under his leadership but all that will be known next week.

"Monday is a public holiday so I am hoping we will meet later in the week."

Father Arms said when he was initially asked to take up the appointment, he thought about it.

"I had been involved in advocating for reforms and I thought, I should put my money where my mouth is," he said.

Father Arms predicts this election will be the biggest one yet.

Meanwhile, the youngest member of the commission, James Sowane, who has been heavily involved in promoting Fiji as tourist destination, said he was honoured and humbled to be given the opportunity.

"My humble acceptance is based on my personal ambition that at some point in my life, to contribute positively to my country as my family has a proud tradition of serving our country through civil service," Mr Sowane said.

Father Arms, Mr Sowane, Professor Vijay Naidu, Larry Thomas, Alisi Daurewa, Jenny Seeto and chair Mr Young make up the Electoral Commission.








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