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Gauging expectations

Nasik Swami
Friday, February 21, 2014

THE Electoral Commission will meet all stakeholders soon in a bid to gauge their expectations of the upcoming election.

The members of the commission, led by chairman Chen Bunn Young, met Acting Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan in the Elections Office yesterday to get the force's point of view of how they intended to manage security for the election.

In an interview, Mr Young said they would meet other stakeholders such as the media to get views of what they expected in the election.

"And then we've got other meetings set up with the stakeholders and as a commission we are really very busy," Mr Young said.

Electoral Decree:

Mr Young said the commission was reviewing the draft electoral decree given to the commission by the Attorney-General's Office.

He said the commission would finish reviewing the draft decree in the next couple of days.

Logistical arrangements:

Mr Young said the logistical arrangements of holding a one-day election were ongoing and a challenge for the commission.

He said the commission would be talking to donors and conducting panel interviews for the key positions advertised.

Mr Young said the appointments would be made in the next fortnight.

Appointment of the Supervisor of Elections:

Mr Young said the commission was having ongoing dialogue with the Attorney-General as far as the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections was concerned.

He said he was told by the Attorney-General that his office was looking at the appointment and would revert to the commission as soon as possible.

Mr Young said no date had been confirmed.

Independence of the commission:

While some political parties had raised concern at the independence of the commission to the Pacific Island Forum's Ministerial Contact Group, Mr Young said he had a meeting with political parties and they were fairly satisfied with the independence of the commission.

He said he had not received any suggestion by any of the political parties who met the commission to suggest that they had doubts about the commission.

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