Saneem clears air on election observers

Kamlesh Arya the media relations officer for the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha speaking at the Joint International IDEA-FEO-HRADC Forum on electoral Processes in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

THE Fijian Elections Office and the Fiji Electoral Commission will not endorse or request approval for any election observers for the 2018 poll.

This was highlighted by the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem during a forum on electoral processes held at Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

Mr Saneem said they will not interfere with the ministry responsible for election since they were both independent institutions.

“The role for the approval for observation under the law is for the minister to do so and we will respect that. We are both independent institutions from the minister or the ministry and therefore, we would like to maintain that and not interfere or exercise the powers of the minister under the law and we would like to do what we’re supposed to do and that is run the election,” he said.

He said the observer accreditation forms were ready and was applicable to any observer who had been approved by the minister.

“From the day he (President) issues the writ, the general election will be 45 days from that date.”

Mr Saneem also said that there were a total of 636,764 registered voters for the coming general election so far.

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