Saturday, April 14, 2012

Illegal Regime Yet to Appoint Elections Supervisor


"Former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase has called for the appointment of a Supervisor of Elections and he has suggested that the appointment of the voter registration clerks should be done by the Supervisor. He says this will be an independent process.''
Elected Fiji PM Qarase

Fiji Village News

Govt yet to decide on when Supervisor of Elections will be appointed
The government is yet to decide on when the Supervisor of Elections will be appointed.

Voter registration is expected to start in a month’s time and the Ministry of Justice is now carrying out the recruitment of 1,050 voter registration clerks.

In an interview with Fijivillage, Attorney General and Minister for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the government will decide in due course to appoint the next Elections Supervisor.

But he then questioned why this question is being raised as there were anomalies in the 2006 elections when an Electoral Commission and a Supervisor of Elections were in place.

Former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase has called for the appointment of a Supervisor of Elections and he has suggested that the appointment of the voter registration clerks should be done by the Supervisor. He says this will be an independent process.

Duties of the Supervisor of Elections include:
  • Conduct all public elections
  • Register voters and issue voter registration cards
  • Serve as a member of the canvassing board
  • Certify election returns to the State Elections Canvassing Commission
  • Maintain voter registration rolls by removing voters who are deceased, no longer live in, or for other reasons longer eligible to vote
  • Accept absentee ballot requests and send, receive and verify absentee ballots.
  • Qualify candidates for county offices
  • Receive candidate and committee campaign treasurer’s reports and provide copies to the public upon request
  • Send advance notice of elections to voters who are overseas or in the military.
  • Filing officer for financial disclosure reports from elected and appointed county officials.
  • Makes financial disclosure reports available and provides copies upon request
  • Layout and print ballots
  • Maintain election equipment
  • Hire and train poll workers
  • Secure polling places
  • Maintain statistics on election results, voting history and voter registration
  • Verify signatures for initiative petitions and candidate qualifying petitions
  • Redistricting and maintaining precinct information
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