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The right choice

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

WHILE questions have been raised that the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem is too young for the job, the Electoral Commission says he is the right choice.

Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young said the commission reviewed the 13 applications for the position and majority of the applicants did not have the necessary qualifications.

"It was obviously one of the crucial points that had to be taken into consideration," Mr Young said.

He said the commission envisaged that the polling date was going to be sometime in September.

"…So if we had to find a suitable candidate, say from overseas, I think the problem was as we have accounted by ourselves when we were interviewing certain people for certain jobs, many of them can't start until a month or two after they have been given their appointment letter.

"So if you look at the logistics of it, we would have a Supervisor of Elections who came into Fiji with adjustments to culture and surroundings, we would have basically lost two or three months."

He said the commission needed somebody who had experience and the right background.

"…At the end of the day, Mr Saneem's name was put forward to us and as you all know, he had the advantage of continuity, know how the systems work and we have worked with him over a couple of months.

"We believe the position is really for someone who is energetic, committed and who really knew how to do the job without too much coxing from the commission. Someone who knows his responsibility and knows what is around.

"So in all, we took all those things into consideration with consultations with government."

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