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$1k for each candidate

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Political parties must pay a deposit of $1000 for each candidate on their party list when lodging nomination papers with the Fijian Elections Office.

This means that political parties who wish to contest the 50 available seats in the September polls will have to pay $50,000.

Independent candidates have the option of paying the deposit of $1000 or instead lodging a statement of demonstrated support signed by at least 1000 registered voters.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem announced the Nomination of Candidates Process will open today at 8am and will close on August 18 at 12pm.

The Nomination Forms for Political Party Candidates and Independent Candidate once completed should be delivered to the Elections Office.

He said the deposit which should accompany the forms could either be in cash or bank cheque made out to the Fijian Elections Office.

"We will then process the nominations to check if they meet the legal requirements of the Electoral Decree 2014," Mr Saneem said.

He said the processing of the nominations of independent candidates would take some time if they relied on a statement of demonstrated support as the Fijian Elections Office would need to verify the details of the supporting voters.

"The FEO will inform the relevant party or independent when the nomination has been approved or rejected."

If a nomination is rejected the person can appeal to the Electoral Commission in writing no later than 4pm on August 19, 2014.

Meanwhile nominations that are accepted will be displayed at the place of nomination and objections to those nominations may be lodged before 4pm August 19.

Mr Saneem said if a candidate wanted to withdraw his or her nomination he or she could do so by providing a written notice to the Supervisor of the Elections no later than 12noon on August 19.

Deposits will be refunded if a candidate is elected.

They will also be returned if a candidate withdraws before 12 noon on August 19, or a candidate dies before polling, or if he or she polls at least 1 per cent of the total number of votes cast.





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