Statement by Acting Director Strategic Development & Communications

Mr. Edwin Nand

Election Officials Contract Signing Deadline Extension

29th March, 2018 – 3.00pm

FEO HQ – Suva

Bula vinaka members of the media.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to announce today that we are extending the deadline for the contract signing for Elections Officials who will be working during the 2018 General Election.

Elections Officials who have not signed their contract yet now have until the 7th of April, 2018 to do so.

So far ladies and gentlemen, a total of 3,288 Elections Officials have signed their contract from March 6 to March 28, 2018.

To make it easier for Elections Officials, we have printed contracts and distributed them to the respective Divisional Offices for signing by the applicants.

Looking at the breakdown, a total of 1300 Elections Officials have signed in the Central Division, 638 in the Western Division, 1059 in the Northern Division and 291 in the Eastern Division.

We thank those Elections Officials who have taken their time to visit our offices nationwide to sign their contracts.

While this is a high number, we still have 4,110 Elections Official who are yet to sign their contracts.

2874 Elections Officials have not signed their contracts in the Central Division, 714 in the Western Division, 452 in the Northern Division and 70 in the Eastern Division.

Given that a total of 1435 Polling Venues need to be staffed in preparation for the 2018 General Election, we are encouraging Elections Officials who are yet to sign, to please do so before April 7th.

In the event an Election Official does not sign their contract by the deadline, another Election Official from the reserve list will be allocated to the position which would result in one person missing out on the opportunity to be part of the staffing requirements for the 2018 General Election.

Successful applicants are being notified via SMS of their assigned venue of contract signing and our teams are making follow up calls to these individuals on their mobile phones.

We have been advised that the biggest challenge right now is contacting applicants whose mobile phones are switched off or diverted.

We will also advertise in both the daily newspapers the venues and locations where Elections Officials can go to sign their contracts from Tuesday 03 April, until Saturday 07 April 2018.

For those who are yet to sign their contracts, it is important to know that if you change your address, mobile phone number or any other personal details, you must inform the nearest FEO office as soon as possible.

We will need this information to confirm that you are assigned to an appropriate Polling Venue on Election Day and to ensure that there are no implications in salary payment following the end of your contract.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are also in the process of informing those applicants who failed to meet our criteria that their applications have not been successful.