Electoral Laws Forthcoming, Fiji Attorney General Reminds

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Elections office working on ‘nitty gritty details’: Sayed-Khaiyum

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, , 2013) – Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says time is being spent to draw up the electoral laws for the 2014 elections because of the need to ensure that it is thorough.

He said the Elections Office wants to capture as much as possible the nitty gritty details of conducting a successful one-day elections including options that may be considered in the event that some voters are not able to vote where they lived.

"A lot of it depends on the logistics," Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"As you know in previous elections the regulations weren’t as thorough as it should have been."

One such option considered by the elections office is advanced voting where these people including seamen, bus drivers are able to vote in advance.

"We need to make arrangements for them to be able to vote also.

"For others they will vote on the day. We also need employers to be understanding particularly for those who work on shift basis that their workers are given time to vote.

"All these are crucial when we are planning logistics. We are also looking at the need to increase the number of polling stations in heavily populated areas and also on how best to cater for voters who are overseas."

Once the regulations are drawn up and approved it will be gazetted after which training sessions will be held for political parties to ensure they understand the rules.

Scrutineers appointed by the parties will also be trained on how the voting and counting will be done and see for themselves that counting is being done in a transparent manner.

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