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PM says General Elections to be held in November

August 31, 2018 8:07 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is not giving away much on when he expects to hold the 2018 General Election.

FBC News approached the Prime Minister outside of Parliament yesterday at the conclusion of the special sitting on the appointment of the President.

The Prime Minister hinted at a possible date that Fijians can expect to head to the Polls.

“Yes, Yes, just before Christmas, before the 25th of December, actually our cut-off date is November the 16th so that’s the date you can work on. It’s a wonderful day today, a wonderful Friday, well it doesn’t take long to appoint such as wonderful and excellent person like Major General Konrote.”

Meanwhile, the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem had earlier this month clarified the issue for FBC News, noting that on the 6th of October 2018 if by then the Prime Minister has not advised the President to dissolve parliament, then within 7 days of the 6th of October, the President can issue a writ automatically for parliament to be dissolved and elections to take place.

Adding that if the Prime Minister advises the President before that date, then within the seven days of the advice, the President has to issue a writ, effectively dissolving Parliament and enabling the Fijian Elections Office to carry out the General Election.