Bula Vinaka ladies and gentlemen. I would like to give you an update on the nominations process that has now reached Day 13.
Four Political Parties have submitted their nominations and we have received a total of 178 nomination from the four Political Parties.
FijiFirst filled its nomination with the FEO on 8 October, 2018 and we have completed the processing of the nomination for FijiFirst.
Out of the 51 nominated candidates for FijiFirst, the Fijian Elections Office approved 50. The nomination for one nominee, Ms Naziah Ali was not
approved on the basis of not being in the country for the requisite of minimum 18 months after the two years immediately preceding the writ.
We have referred the results of the nomination process to the party and they have until midday tomorrow in the event they wish to nominate another
candidate in place of the person who was not approved or alternatively file an appeal with the Electoral Commission for reconsideration of the decision
on 16 October, 2018.
The second party that nominated was SODELPA. The party attempted to file its nomination on 9 October, 2018, however, due to its failure to comply with
the requirements of the nomination process as in the law to produce a bank cheque, the party was asked to return with its nominations at a later date
once it had either a legal tender or bank cheque in the sum of $51,000 for its 51 candidates.
Thereafter, the party filed its nomination on 11 October, 2018, and of the 51 candidates that were nominated by SODELPA, the FEO has approved 50
candidates and rejected the nomination of one candidate.
The nomination for Mr Adi Narayan has not been approved on the basis of non-confirmation of his status as it appears to be a dual citizenship.
The information has been conveyed to SODELPA Secretariat and they have until tomorrow midday to replace the candidate that has not been approved
or they could alternatively file an appeal with the Electoral Commission on Tuesday, 16 October, 2018 should they wish to do so.
The third Political Party that nominated was the National Federation Party also on 11 October, 2018.
The Fijian Elections Office has completed the processing of the nomination of the National Federation Party and 50 candidates from the Political Party
have been approved and one candidate did not meet the as per the Electoral Act to be in the country for 18 months out of the 24 months preceding the
date of the writ.
The Candidate, Mr Feroz Mohammed was out of the country around 228 days and as a result did not meet the requirements set out by the Electoral Act.
The National Federation Party has been informed of the decision and in the event they wish to do so, they can replace a candidate by midday tomorrow
or alternatively they can appeal to the Electoral Commission on 16 October, 2018.
The last party that has filed it nomination with us was the Fiji Labour Party which filed its nominations on 12 October, 2018, and they nominated
The Fijian Elections Office has completed the processing of all 25 candidates and following this we have informed the Fiji Labour Party that 22 candidates
have been approved and three nomination have not been approved as the nominees have been found to have prior criminal convictions that
disqualifies them under the Electoral Act. 4
The Fiji Labour Party may replace the candidates by midday tomorrow or alternatively file an appeal to the Electoral Commission on 16 October, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, as I said, today is Day 13 in the Electoral Calendar and the nominations for the 2018 General Election will close tomorrow at
The Fijian Elections Office will not accept any further nominations after midday and any political party that nominates tomorrow and a decision is
not made by midday, they will not be able to replace a candidate if we have not approved any of the nominations that have been filed with us.
Ladies and gentlemen I just wanted to also mention at this stage the processing time for political party nominations has vastly improved due to
the FEO and all the agency partners that prepared for this General Election.
I wish to convey our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Office of the Chief Registrar, the Crime Records of the Fiji Police Force, the Department of
Immigration and the Official Receivers Office for their assistance provided to us in expeditiously dealing with all the nominations that are lodged with the
Fijian Elections Office.
The FEO has kept well within its 48-hour time promise for processing of nominations and we would like to ensure that all nominations that we
receive by midday tomorrow are approved by us so that we can reach the newspapers for Tuesday.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Objections and Appeals period will start on Tuesday and any person who wishes to do so will be able to access the list of
candidates firstly from the FEO Website and our social media pages and if we are able to get it done on time, in the Tuesday newspaper.
We will inform all Fijians of the locations where you may be able to access the list of approved candidates.
The Electoral Commission website has the forms available for you to access in terms of appeals and objections so ladies and gentlemen, in total we have
processed 178 nominations.
The total approved candidates stands at 172. And the total number of candidates nominated that have not been approved is 6.
Thank you and Vinaka Vakalevu.