FEO to build upon new practices: Saneem
February 23, 2019 7:57 am
The Fijian Elections Office plans to build upon some of the new practices which were introduced during the 2018 General Elections.
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says in the next four years they will be enhancing the new practices.
Saneem says they are planning to enhance the knowledge of people as well so that they better understand some of the practices.
“If something is good we should just build on it. A lot of times you would see that people who are talking about formulae and systems lack knowledge in that area. In the next 4 years that is something we are looking at.”
Saneem says soon they will start a consultative process with stakeholders, political parties and the media to further improve the 2022 general elections.
Meanwhile, The Leader of Opposition and Party Leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), Sitiveni Rabuka says the MOG report lacked the depth of understanding of the reality on the ground, particularly the political and social structure of Fijian society.
Rabuka says local observers must be considered favorably since they are better informed on the political situation in the country particularly civil society organizations.
He says an enabling and clear guideline must be developed in consultation with all stakeholders to minimize the use of public resources by the government for political campaign to ensure accountability and fairness.