Fiji AG Says Elections Office Will Not Be Politicized

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Civil servants found taking leave to work for Office

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 7, 2013) – Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has reiterated that the elections office will not be politicised.

His comment follows revelations that some civil servants would take paid leave to work in the Elections Office.

"This will not happen again," he said.

In fact there are plans to revise the selection criteria and process to appoint officers to the Elections Office.

The same process that was used to appoint voter registration clerks which includes police clearance has also been considered.

"The selection of those working in the Elections Office will be done in a transparent manner and on merit basis," Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"Whenever there is a merit base there is always good result." He also said they are considering decentralising poling stations.

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