THE Fijian Elections Office has a rigid employment audit process.
It audits all employment contracts and training rigidly to ensure all applicants are treated equally and are only selected on merit.
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem revealed this in reaction to complaints to this newspaper by people who claimed they were dropped from making the trip to outer islands for pre-polling. According to a trainee who preferred anonymity, 18 people who were trained for two weeks signed a contract last Friday and again on Saturday after being told that papers had been misplaced.
The trainee claimed they were told on Sunday they would not be going to the outer islands to work at the pre-polling venues because of mistakes in the paperwork. He claimed they were not been paid a transport allowance.
However, Mr Saneem said: "Our staff who are selected are then trained and they undergo an assessment following the training to determine their place in the order of merits.
"Those who do not perform in the assessment to the standard required are not offered the position. Any appointment will be strictly based on the merit process.
"Following the appointment, audits are done to ensure that the merits process has been applied. Where it is found that the process has not been applied, the Fiji Elections Office institutes an investigation to discover the cause of the discrepancy.
"Any appointment that has not been done in accordance with the above is immediately annulled and the person made aware of the same."
On the training issue, Mr Saneem said the Elections Office does a one-day workshop followed by another one-day refresher.
He said allowances were processed and directly deposited in the applicants' bank account based on the details provided.