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Young ready for role

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, January 16, 2014

THE newly-appointed Electoral Commission will be independent, says chairman Chen Bunn Young.

Since the announcement of the seven-member commission, political parties have said they would like the commission to be an independent body under no influence from the government.

The Lautoka-based lawyer said: "I believe that as the Electoral Commission, we will be independent."

Mr Young hopes to meet other commission members later this week, although this may not be possible with academic Professor Vijay Naidu abroad.

Prof Naidu left the country on Saturday and, according to the University of the South Pacific, he would return on February 7.

Father David Arms and James Sowane are also looking to meet up as a commission.

Fr Arms said only after the meeting would the commission be able to set their perimeters of work under Mr Young's leadership.

One of the first tasks of the commission is to help in the appointment of a Supervisor of Elections.

According to Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Solicitor-General's Office has been receiving applications and now that the commission is in place, the appointment will take place shortly.