Electoral activities to continue as per election calendar

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra receives the Writ of Elections from the President Jioji Konrote at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

THE Electoral Commission approves that all electoral activities shall continue as per the election calendar on the public holidays and weekends.

Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chandra confirmed this in a statement issued this afternoon by the Fijian Elections Office (FEO).

Mr Chandra said they have 44 days from October 1 to conduct the General Election on November 14.

“The Electoral Commission is required to conduct Pre-poll and postal voting on or before this date,” Mr Chandra said.

“The Electoral Commission considered the timeline and has noted that the Fijian Elections Office will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays during the nomination period to facilitate the nomination of candidates and to fully allow the 14 days as required by the Constitution,” he said.

“We have given thorough consideration of the fact that 2 days in the 44 day period are public holidays as well.”

The Commission has however come up with their decision in relation to operations on the two public holidays.

Fiji Day
The Electoral Commission has approved the Fijian Elections Office to remain open on Fiji Day public Holiday to facilitate any nomination of candidate that may be made on that day as it falls within the 14 day nomination period.

Diwali Day
The Electoral Commission had earlier advised that Pre-poll for the 2018 General Election will be in the week immediately before the week in which Election Day falls. Based on this announcement, the Pre-poll for the 2018 General Election will be from November 5 to November 10. Diwali public holiday falls during the Pre-poll.

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