Fiji Time: 3:49 PM on Tuesday 21 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

NFP questions officials' recruitment

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

THE decision to recruit members of the public as presiding and assistant presiding officers by the Fijian Elections Office is highly questionable and an unusual practice says NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad.

Prof Prasad said every general election since 1972 had civil servants managing polling stations.

"September 17, which is polling day, is a public holiday. Surely we have more than 14,000 civil servants who can work as presiding officers and their assistants," Prof Prasad said.

"Why are civil servants being passed? Does it mean that the Elections Office does not trust the civil servants to do this work?"

Prof Prasad said one of the criteria for members of the public who wished to work in polling stations was that they be politically neutral.

"Hardly any member of the public who is a registered voter can be expected to be apolitical after having seen, heard, read or participated in political campaign," he claimed.

Prof Prasad believes at least 80,000 voters have signed up as members of four political parties and a proposed party.

Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem yesterday said recruiting locals as polling day officials would provide a sense of ownership to the Fijians.

Mr Saneem said it was important that everybody participated in the election.

Electoral Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young said the electoral office was trying to ensure it remained independent and continued to provide opportunities to Fijians.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Public access
  2. Inside Fiji sevens
  3. Forgery suspect still in remand
  4. Accused on the run
  5. Fiji beats Lebanon, players ready to face Murri at home
  6. The murder of the Alankar jeweller
  7. 'Get to know your breasts'
  8. TB cases expected to increase
  9. Marks scaling review
  10. Reflect and re-examine

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Unknown Tuwai stands out in Gold Coast tournament Wednesday (15 Oct)
  3. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  4. Fiji removes all doubts Wednesday (15 Oct)
  5. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  6. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  7. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  8. THE NEW PRICES Wednesday (15 Oct)
  9. Praises for Fiji sevens team after win in Australia Thursday (16 Oct)
  10. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)