THE Electoral Decree that sets out the framework of Fiji's one-day election came into effect yesterday.
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the decree ensured the independence of the Electoral Commission, Supervisor of Elections, Fijian Elections Office and staff members not to participate in any political activities while in office.
He said under the decree, the Electoral Commission supervisor must submit a joint post-election report within three months of the date of the election being conducted.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the candidates list must be published in all media organisations.
He said the decree outlined the polling starting time from 7.30am unless and otherwise specified in the notice of poll issued by the commission.
He said the poll did not end until 6pm or until all voters in the queue at the polling stations by 6pm had voted. No votes would be allowed after 6pm.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said special polling stations located in hospitals, pre-trial detention centres, prisons and military units, and in places difficult to access may close prior at 6pm if all voters registered at the polling station have voted.
He said special assistance would be provided to those with special needs at the polling stations.