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CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP ACCEPTED FOR OVERSEAS VOTER REGISTRATION

15 September, 2017                                    

The Fijian Elections Office [FEO] is two weeks away from beginning the registration of voters overseas.

Plans have already been put in place and the process of finalizing a lot of the venues is underway with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The FEO would like to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its assistance in the coordination of logistics and other facilitation in their host countries.

The requirements for registration is a valid Fiji Passport and the person has to be over the age of 18 years.

We have had requests for persons who now hold Certificates of Citizenship as to whether they are entitled to register.

Having considered the validity of a Certificate of Citizenship, the FEO has now decided that it will accept Certificates of Citizenship for registration purposes.

To this effect, if a person now carries a Certificate of Citizenship, they are able to produce the same to our registration clerks provided they are over the age of 18 years and obtain a voter card.

The schedule for Overseas Voter Registration is as follows:

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Fiji National Polling Venue Directory Launch

Statement by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission

Mr Suresh Chandra

Fiji National Polling Venue Directory Launch

Suva

6th September, 2017

10:00am

Ni sa Bula Vinaka and a very warm welcome to the Fijian Elections Office Ladies and Gentlemen.

I would like to begin by taking this opportunity to thank all of you for taking out your valuable time and accepting our invitation.

I would also like to thank His Excellency, The President, for his acknowledgment of the work of the Electoral Commission and the Fijian Elections Office.

His Excellency’s kind words have motived my team and provided great encouragement to the Supervisor of Elections and the Fijian Elections Office.

Under section 75 of the Constitution, the Electoral Commission is responsible for conducting free and fair elections in accordance with the legal and electoral framework. The next General Election in Fiji is in 2018 – next year.

Since our appointment this year, my commission agreed to approach the 2018 General Election strategically. We understood that the Fijian Elections Office had already been working on several aspects of the Election.

We knew that the innovative and committed group of individuals at the FEO needed our support and guidance and as such, we chose the theme ‘Raising the Standards in the Delivery of Elections in Fiji’.

For the first time in Fiji’s history, the probable locations of Polling

Venues around the country have been identified and published as an annual publication.

Ladies and gentlemen, this means that electoral information will become increasingly available. At the moment we anticipate to have 2,149 Polling Stations throughout the country.

In March this year, the Director Operations explained how these venues were decided. Whilst these printed volumes are for school libraries, anyone can access the online version at the FEO website. I particularly like the feature online that can give you directions to your allocated Polling Venue.

I would like to commend the Fijian Elections Office for its vision to extend a copy of the Fiji National Polling Venues Directory to each Secondary School Library in Fiji during National Library Week.

Indeed, this will allow our young Fijians the opportunity and exposure to elections right from school. When we come for Voter Registration next time to schools, students will already have a resource to identify the 3 preferred Polling venues through this resource.

I would like to thank Ravneel Chand from the FEO who undertook this project. It was done well and looks very attractive. Keep up the good work.

Thank you and Vinaka Vakalevu.

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FEO Appointed to AWEB Executive Board

The Supervisor of Elections has been elected to the Executive Board of Association of World Election Bodies representing the Oceania Region on behalf of the Fijian Elections Office. This is the first time an Oceania seat has been included in the AWEB executive board.

AWEB is made up of 106 election Management Bodies from around the world. It also has 18 international partner agencies.

The Supervisor of Elections is currently in Romania attending the 3rd General Assembly for AWEB.

‘I am grateful to my colleagues in the Pacific for their trust and confidence in Fiji to be able to carry out this new responsibility and I look forward to the challenge” Mr. Saneem said.

Since its establishment in 2014, the Fijian Elections Office is now represented at the board level in Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand electoral network, Commonwealth Electoral Network as well as now the Association of World Election Bodies.

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Electoral Commission’s Speech for Election Officials Training

Statement by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission
Mr Suresh Chandra
2018 General Election – Election Officials Training
Suva
29th August, 2017
10:00am

Bula Vinaka ladies and gentlemen and thank you very much for attending this training.

I am extremely pleased to be present here this morning along with my fellow commissioners as we commence the Election Officials training for the 2018 General Election.

This is a milestone event in terms of the Electoral Calendar as we anticipate that the Election could be between April and November in 2018.

The Fijian Elections Office has completed recruitment in some parts of the country and is still continuing with the Recruitment Drive in other parts, but based on the plans that the Fijian Elections Office had, people who attend the Recruitment Drive on the first week have been processed and are now at the stage of training.

So all of you in front of me have been processed from the first week of recruitment and are now attending this first training session.

Ladies and gentlemen, as we commence the training of Election Officials, I wanted to sound a few reminders to all persons who may be interested to work in the 2018 General Elections:

To work in the 2018 General Election, we need people with the highest level of integrity, who can come and carry out the responsibilities of the Election Officials without fear or favour and in a very apolitical manner.

Election Officials must remain honest at all times and ensure that all the procedures prescribed the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission are followed to the letter.

The Election Officials determine the credibility of each election and it is very important that when you are handling the task of Election Officials, you must do so as per the procedures that have been prescribed for these positions.

Ladies and gentlemen, being an Election Official does not only mean that you are looking forward to the salary at the end of the day but this is a great service to the country and when one is called upon to serve their country, they must do so with utmost faith and honesty.

It is important that you ensure that you carry out your roles diligently and in a manner that is not only done – but is seen by the members of the public to have been done right.

Following the 2014 General Election, the Multi-National Observer Group gave high marks to the Election Officials. Ladies and gentlemen, we have to aim higher for the next election.

The Electoral Commission has chosen the theme ‘Raising the Standards in the Delivery of Elections in Fiji’ for the next General Election and it is our responsibility, both yours and mine, to ensure that the tenets of this theme are obtained.

Having said all of that ladies and gentlemen, I would like to congratulate you for  completing the recruitment process and now attending this training and I wish you all the very best for this workshop and I now declare the training for the 2018 General Election – Election Officials training program officially open.

Thank you, Vinaka vakalevu and Dhanyavad.

Please forward all media queries to the FEO Communications team at communications@feo.org.fj

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2018 General Election – Election Officials Recruitment Drive Update

Statement by the Supervisor of Elections
Mr Mohammed Saneem
2018 General Election – Election Officials Recruitment Drive Update
25th August, 2017
11:00am – FEO HQ – EC Conference Room

Bula Vinaka ladies and gentlemen and a very good morning to you all.

I thank you for all for coming to this press conference where we will give you an update on our Recruitment Drive and what will happen after it.

The 2018 General Election – Election Officials Recruitment Drive is scheduled to finish on the 27th of August, 2017 at major town centres around the country.

The Recruitment Drive commenced on the 28th of July, 2017 and was run periodically around the
various town centres around the country.

The Fijian Elections Office would like to begin by offering its greatest appreciation to all the site owners that gave us their buildings as well as school administrators for allowing us time to use the classrooms during this holidays to conduct the Recruitment Drive. Thank you very much.

Coming to the numbers in terms of recruitment, as we had earlier advertised, the Fijian Elections Office was looking for applications of up to 17,000 Fijians.

17,000 applications would allow us sufficient opportunity to conduct a very rigorous, merit based selection process to identify the best candidates to work at the polling stations around the country.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have worked out based on the current number of polling stations, which is 2149, that the FEO will actually need around 10,102 Election Officials and 12,522 is what we are looking for.

In actual fact ladies and gentlemen, we can do with the 10,102 applications. Our requirements for each divisions are as follows:

In terms of Divisions, we need 4660 staff in the Central Division. We need 3673 staff in the Western Division and 1600 in the Northern division and around 169 staff in the eastern division.
Our statistics as at yesterday’s recruitment are as follows:

In the Central Division, we have received 5074 applications. In the Western Division, we have received 2885 applications and in the Northern Division we have received 1355 applications. We have not yet started the Recruitment Drive in the Eastern Division which will take place in Tavuki, Kadavu and in Levuka in September.

Therefore ladies and gentlemen, we have now received a total of 9314 applications as at last night. This has given us sufficient number of individuals for us to start training.

Before I go any further, I would just like to mention that we still have positions available for around 1000 people in the Western Division and around 400 people in the Northern Division which we hope will be filled tomorrow and Sunday during the opening hours of the Recruitment
Drive.

Coming back to the training ladies and gentlemen, training for Election Officials who have sat the test will commence next week. We understand that there is a lot of eagerness amongst applicants to find out when they will be invited for training.

As we have stated before, you will be notified through a text message as to when they can come and attend training. We will also try and publish the training locations and the reference numbers allocated to those training on the FEO website.

Any confusions arising out of this can be clarified by calling the number 1501.

The training will be conducted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from the coming week. Trainings will be conducted during the morning sessions, afternoon sessions or evening sessions on these days. And priorities and allocations of persons will be made based on the person’s selected choice at the time of making the application.

If you are unable to attend at the time of the training allocated to you, please contact the Recruitment Assistants to change your allocated time.

The training venues for the next week’s training will be as follows:

Patel Samaj Hall, Suva; Nasinu Town Council Hall; Catholic Parish Hall, Nausori; Red Cross Hall, Lautoka and the Friendly North Inn Conference Hall, Labasa.

I just wanted to also mention that not everybody has to be trained in the first week. Do not rush. The trainings will continue until every person who has applied has attended the training.

Also, it is important that when you come for training, if you have not brought any of the required documents till now, you must bring it at training.

In the event you do not bring all the required documents like the bank statement at the training, we will not be able to process your pay and therefore it is important you ensure all your documents are up to date with us.

Attending of the training comes with an allowance $45 inclusive of your FNPF and other taxes and this will be deducted before you are paid.

So ladies and gentlemen, the Recruitment Drive is now in its last few days and we invite any Fijian, who has not yet found the time or the opportunity, to now take advantage of these last few days so that you can be included in the first round of the Election Officials Recruitment Drive for the next General Election.

Thank you very much for your time ladies and gentlemen.

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Election Officials Recruitment drive into the final stretch

The Fijian Elections Office [FEO] is encouraging Fijians to apply for positions as Election Officials for the 2018 General Election, while there is still time.

“We’ve had a positive turn out from all our recruitment centres around the country, but we know there are still many Fijians who are keen to join the FEO, but have not applied,” says Stakeholder Awareness Coordinator, Mr Edwin Nand.

“The message to all interested Fijians is simple, don’t wait until the last minute because we expect a huge influx of applicants at our various centres. It would be wise to come in earlier rather than later,” Mr Nand says.

“At this stage, the Fijian Elections Office is assessing the nationwide exercise to determine where we need to re-focus our efforts – we may decide to conduct targeted recruitment in locations which have higher human resource needs in order to deliver the 2018 General Election.”

The Computer Based Test has also worked well with the FEO’s helpful Recruitment Assistants able to guide applicants through the electronic application process.

For those persons who have applied, we would like to remind you that our recruitment team will contact successful applicants for training, and it is not necessary to seek clarifications repeatedly.

“Next week, we will be open in the Central, Western and Northern Division. For Nadi, Lautoka and Nasinu, we’ve also incorporated the assistance of our media partners, and will be doing live outdoor broadcasts for the next two days to ensure that Fijians are well informed about the recruitment drive,” Mr Nand said.

Our schedules have been designed to meet the needs of Fijians who may not be able to come in and apply between normal working hours.

Details of our opening hours are on the FEO website www.fijielects2018.org.fj/eofficials as well as our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Fijianelectionsoffice/.

Vinaka.

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Statement by Electoral Commission Chair Mr Suresh Chandra on the opening of the FEO’s Eastern Division Office and Voter Services Centre.

Statement by Electoral Commission Chair Mr Suresh Chandra

3rd August 2017

2:00pm

Bula Vinaka ladies and gentlemen and thank you for accepting our invitation to join us as we expand the presence of the Fijian Elections Office around the country. The opening of the Nausori branch of the FEO is a significant milestone as we approach the 2018 General Election.

Ladies and gentlemen, this time around the Fijian Elections Office has divided the country into administration areas to allow for more effective management of logistics surrounding elections as well as all the other processes which are involved.

The Nausori branch of the Fijian Elections Office will be looking after the entire Eastern Division as well as areas such as Tavua and Rakiraki.

The Divisional Coordinator for Nausori is Mr. Atish Chand and he will be looking after a total of 411 polling venues which will be somewhere around 900 polling stations.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Eastern office will also be covering Rotuma and since we have the airport just next door, it will be easy for Atish to liaise with the Rotuma base which is available through the airlines.

I’m also excited to reveal that the pre-poll times for next General Election will soon be calculated and released by the Fijian Elections Office. It is our highest endeavor that we will try and ensure that the pre-poll schedules are known amongst all the areas affected well in advance so that they can make adequate preparations.

This afternoon, we will be witnessing the opening of the Voter Services Centre in Nausori as well and the Voter Services Coordinator for the country Mr. Aisake Saukawa is also present here today. The Voter Services Centre will be providing the usual services to all Fijians and since we are based next to the Land Transport.

Authority and other necessary government services such as the Births, Deaths and Marriage Office, I believe that the positioning of our Voter Services Centre is ideal and will be handy to all Fijians who are affected in this area.

Let me also clarify ladies and gentlemen, that it is not only people from the Eastern Division who can access these services but Fijians from anywhere in the country – if they are in this area and they want to access voter services, they can go to this office.

The Electoral Commission has noted that preparations for the 2018 General Elections are on track and with the opening of this office, we will be looking forward to the opening of offices in Labasa and Nadi in due course.

I’d like to thank the Supervisor of Elections and his team for working very hard to ensure that the timelines are met and that the offices are opened on time.

I’m informed, and we will soon find out that the office has been developed to provide a professional and welcoming environment to all our customers as we aspire to provide the best customer service in every election process that we conduct.

I’m hoping that the Nausori office is as customer condusive and friendly so that Fijians enjoy the best office that is on offer.

Ladies and gentlemen before I conclude, I would like to say that the Electoral Commission has selected a theme from March 2017 to March 2018 and that is Raising the standards in the Delivery of Elections in Fiji. I am confident that the office we will be unveiling today will live up to the theme overall.

Thank you very much for coming and I wish you the very best in the services that you will receive from this office.

Vinaka Vakalevu.

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Appointment System for Day 1 of Recruitment Drive at Kshatriya Hall in Suva

24th July, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                                              For Immediate Release

The Fijian Elections Office has so far received a significant number of enquiries in relation to our 2018 General Election – Election Officials Recruitment Drive.

With this impressive amount of interest, the Fijian Elections Office would like to today emphasize that we will be running the entire recruitment drive in various recruitment centres for a whole month.

Therefore, it is necessary that we clarify that not everybody has to rush in on the first day. Whilst we have made this clear today, we still acknowledge that there may be a lot of interest to come and apply on the very first day.

“The Recruitment Drive for Election Officials will run for a whole month and therefore there is no reason for anyone to rush in all at once,” says Fijian Elections Office Stakeholder Awareness Coordinator Edwin Nand.

“To facilitate a smooth operation on the first day, we have developed a registration system for time slots on the first day to allow anyone who is interested, to book a time slot and come in and attend the recruitment session on 28th July 2017.”

We would like to clarify that the 28th is the only day in July on which this recruitment will take place, the rest of the drive will be from the 1st of August until the times as stated in the advertisements.

“Once again we would like to remind all Fijians that it is NOT necessary that everybody comes on the first day, but to ensure that the process and transition are smooth, we will only be allowing those who have registered online for a time slot to come and apply.”

Please go to registration.feo.org.fj and book a time slot as per your convenience to come in and apply on 28th of July in Suva.

We will only be issuing 700 bookings for this day and therefore anyone who is unable to get an appointment can come in and apply at a later date.

Please note that after July 28th, appointments and bookings will not be required.

This also allows Fijians time to get their details in order and ensure they have their FNPF Card number, their Joint ID Card, their bank details and their VoterCard.

 

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Please find a video link for the statement: https://www.facebook.com/FijiVotes2018/videos/1729517654015149/

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Voter Services temporarily suspended from 12 to 24 July 2017

11th July, 2017

Following the conclusion of the 2017 Nationwide Voter Registration Drive, the Fijian Elections Office will temporarily suspend voter services from 12 to the 24 July 2017 to carry out an adjudication and data cleaning process.

In explaining the reasons behind this temporary exercise, Mr. Mohammed Saneem, Supervisor of Elections explains “In the past 7 weeks, we received 240,152 voters at our booths and this is a large amount of data that now needs to be entered into the database and all our registration kits updated with the most latest registration information.”

“We will also carry out data matching and cleaning process to identify attempts at duplicate

registrations and remove deceased voters from the Voters Register.”

For the next 12 days, the FEO will suspend the registration of new voters, updating of voter details, replacement of VoterCards and requests for change of polling venues.

“Since we have just concluded the Nationwide Voter Registration Drive, any voter who desperately needed such services was expected to have already taken advantage of the many opportunities made available to access those services.”

The statistics for total engagement are as follows:

Central Division – 69,439

Western Division – 102,694

Northern Division – 49,082

Eastern Division – 18, 937

It is an international best practice that the voter register is regularly updated by an election management body and the FEO has continued the consistent registration and updating exercise of Fiji’s National Register of Voters. The recent approval of the objections and appeals process by the Electoral Commission has enhanced ownership of the Register and at the same time strengthened the integrity of the Voters Register.

Vinaka

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Fijian Elections Office calls on voters to update details before the end of Nationwide Registration Drive

07 July, 2017

The Fijian Elections Office [FEO] is calling on Fijians who intend to apply for positions as Election Officials for the 2018 General Election to ensure they are registered voters and that their details are accurate. To date we have assisted 200,475 voters as part of the Nationwide Voter Registration Drive. The FEO has registered 13,198 new voters, we have corrected the details of 29,388 voters and replaced 61,028 VoterCards. While these are high numbers, we are mindful that there are still many Fijians who have not accessed our services. It’s important to remember that one of the key requirements for applicants is to be a registered voter, and with the Nationwide Voter Registration Drive coming to an end tomorrow – now is the time. Fijians need to use the remaining time to access services, update their information in the National Register of Voters and obtain their VoterCard 2.0. When the Recruitment Drive begins on 28th July, 2017, applicants will have to present their VoterCard at the recruitment centre in order to proceed with their application. Anyone who is not a registered voter will not be considered for a position and the applicant won’t be able to proceed with the recruitment. The Fijian Elections Office has already announced the requirements for those who want to apply as Election Officials. We want to avoid a situation where applicants turn up at the recruitment centres and have to be turned away even before they get a chance to apply. We would like every Fijian to have an opportunity to work in the 2018 General Election – but YOU NEED TO REGISTER. This information is important because it will be used to assign polling venues to Election Officials. If we don’t have your correct residential address, you could be posted to a community where you no longer reside. Fijians still have time tomorrow to visit any of our Voter Service Centres or the Voter Registration Booths which have been set up in all four [4] divisions. Additionally, the FEO has today confirmed that there will be a registration team at the Pacific Harbour Arts Village from 9am to 3pm tomorrow so people in that area also have this same opportunity on the last day of the Nationwide Voter Registration Drive. The locations of our other teams are available on the FEO website www.feo.org.fj and on our Facebook page. It also contains the closing time for each of the locations.

Vinaka

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