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President issues 2018 General Election Writ

October 1, 2018 12:39 am

The Writ for the 2018 General Election was issued this morning by President Major General Retired Jioji Konrote.

Reading through the Election Writ, the President elaborated on what would now be required of the Electoral Commission and the Fijian Elections Office.

“In exercise of the powers conferred under section 59 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji and section 21 of the Electoral Act 2014 and on the advice of the Prime Minister, I command you to cause an election to held according to law of 51 members to seat and vote in Parliament.”

Issuing the Election Writ to the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Suresh Chandra, President Konrote highlighted the next immediate steps to be taken in preparation for the 2018 General Election.

“And I appoint the sixth hour past noon on the first day of October, 2018 to be the time and date before which the registration of voters for the election is to be made and I hear by direct that you must receive the nominations of Candidates at the Fijian Elections Office situation at 59 to 63 High Street in Toorak here in Suva by 12 noon on the fifteenth day on October, 2018.”

Pre-polling and postal voting is expected to then be rolled out once the electoral candidates are finalized.

The President also noting the name of candidates, elected as members of parliament are to be endorsed and the writ of the Election to be returned on or before the 28th November.

The 2018 General Election will be held on November 14th – 44 days from today.

This is only the second time Fijians will head to the polls under the 2013 Constitution.