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Archive April 2018

Supervisor of Elections conducts briefing for International Community

Supervisor of Elections conducts briefing for International Community

The Supervisor of Elections at the Diplomatic Briefing

The Supervisor of Elections Mr Mohammed Saneem this afternoon conducted the second round of briefings for the International community to update them on preparations for the 2018 General Election.

In attendance were representatives from all major Embassies, High Commissions and regional institutions in Fiji.

Apart from updates on election preparations, the Supervisor of Elections also briefed them on key projects that the Fijian Elections Office [FEO] is undertaking in relation the Election this year.

“Whilst the date is not known as yet, it’s important for the FEO to not only keep the voters informed but also our regional and international partners as to the progress Fiji is making towards the General Election”, said Mr Saneem.

The presentation also covered various aspects of the Multinational Observer Group’s 2014 recommendations and the manner in which the Fijian Elections Office has handled the said recommendations.

The Supervisor of Elections concluded the event by thanking the international community for their support to the Fijian Elections Office in capacity development and financial support and collaboration.

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communications@feo.org.fj

 

Election Officials Continuous Engagement Programme

Statement by Supervisor of Elections
Mr Mohammed Saneem
Election Officials Continuous Engagement Programme
Suva – 28th April 2018 – 11:00am

The Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem

Bula vinaka members of the media and thank you for attending this media briefing.

For the past few weeks, the Fijian Elections Office has been engaged with the signing of contracts for Election Officials for the 2018 General Election.

At this stage, there are 5,681 Election Officials who have signed their contracts while 3,547 are left to sign. Persons who have not signed are urged to come over to our venues in the respective Divisions where your contracts are ready for signing.

We have come to a stage where the FEO is now able to activate our Election Officials Continuous Engagement Programme.
This is an effort to maintain our link and partnership with individuals who will be working on Election Day and in pre-polling.

From Wednesday, 2nd May until Saturday 5th May 2018, we will be providing 2018 General Election Manuals for Election Officials. These are the Presiding Officers Manual and the Polling Day Workers Manual.

These manuals are a vital resource for persons who will be working on Election Day to deliver the 2018 General Election. They contain the necessary instructions on what Election Officials are expected to do in their specific roles within the Polling Venues.

The manuals have been designed as a comprehensive guide on conducting polling, reconciliation of ballot papers and counting of votes at every polling venue.
We urge all Election Officials to read their manuals in their own time so that they don’t forget their training. You will also be able to brush up on your knowledge once the Election Date is announced.

We have published on our website and facebook pages – the list of venues for the Central, Western and Northern Division where Election Officials can collect their copies of the manual.

We will be based in all towns and cities in the two main islands while a team will be in Taveuni. Our staff will also set up in heavily populated areas such as Nakasi and Seaqaqa.

The Fijian Elections Office will also be providing Election Official Packages or Goodie Bags containing promotional items for the 2018 General Election.

Those who turn up to receive their packages will be eligible for an allowance of $15. This allowance is NOT deducted from your final pay.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Continuous Engagement Programme applies to all Election Officials who have signed their contracts.

In order to receive their packages, Election Officials must present a copy of their signed contracts to our teams.

For individuals who have been contacted by the FEO, but have not signed their contracts, this is the perfect opportunity to sign up and receive your Election Officials package. These persons will also be eligible for the $15 allowance.

We look forward to seeing our Election Officials at these venues.

Vinaka

FNA Uses Touch Screen Voting Machines

The Fijian Elections Office [FEO] today successfully conducted its first day of Trade Union Election on the recently acquired Touch Screen Voting Machines [TSV machines] through the Association of World Election Bodies [A-WEB].

The Fiji Nursing Association is the first union to utilize the machines.

The TSV machines were used at its Annual General Meeting held at Novotel, Lami today, in which 23 members of the Fiji Nursing Association cast their votes.

The FNA has a large membership which is distributed all over the country. 324 nurses have voted through post while the remaining made use of the Touch Screen Voting Machines at the meeting venue today.

Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem said in terms of the analysis of the usage, the voting machines were simple to use.

“Whilst the Fijian Elections Office has noted that it will have to implement a more rigorous awareness and training exercise on the usage of the machines; the overall feedback from the voters was that it was easy and convenient.”

“The FEO will continue to use Electronic Voting Machines for Trade Union Elections in order to expose Fijians to more advanced means of voting and counting in Fiji,” he said.

Mr Saneem in recognizing the importance of today’s event mentioned that it was a step into the future and a hope that in due course Fiji would consider more introduction of electronics in elections.”

The 2018 General Election will NOT have any usage of Electronic Voting Machines.

The Fiji Nursing Association election concludes tomorrow.

 

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FEO conducts Postal Voting awareness for stakeholders

 Stakeholders and business houses are being invited to participate in postal voting awareness sessions by the Fijian Elections Office [FEO] in a bid to prepare them for the 2018 General Election.

FEO Director Operations, Anaseini Senimoli, said they approached service providers where staff – who are voters would benefit from postal voting services.

Business houses in various sectors which would be providing services on Election Day are the major targets as their employees might not be able to access their polling venue if they were working on the day of the elections.

“We had identified our stakeholders and divided them in the following sectors – Tourism Sector, Transport Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Security and Boarder Control Sector, Infrastructure and Utilities Sector and Business Sector,” she said.

Ms Senimoli said awareness was integral for employees and stakeholders in these sectors, as they may be working on Election Day and therefore are eligible for postal voting.

“This week, a total of 19 participants from 16 organisations turned up for the awareness session which included one from the Northern Division, seven from the Western Division, and 12 from the Central Division.”

“As part of the presentation, we informed participants on the grounds or eligibility criteria for postal voting as outlined in Section 67 (7) of the Electoral Act 2014, the postal voting process, how to fill out the postal voting application, important timelines such as opening and closing of applications and deadline of receiving postal ballots along with how we’re going to process their applications, packing, dispatching of postal packs and receiving of returned postal ballot papers.”

It is anticipated that staff who attend these awareness sessions will in turn convey the necessary information to their staff who may be working on Election Day and want to apply for Postal vote.

“We are planning to conduct similar sessions in the next couple of weeks as we are yet to invite other organisations.”

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Please forward all media queries to the FEO Communications team at communications@feo.org.fj

FEO APPOINTS DEPUTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

Deputy Supervisor of Elections – Karyl Winter

The Fijian Elections Office has appointed Karyl Winter as the Deputy Supervisor of Elections for the conduct of the 2018 Parliamentary Elections.

Ms Winter has significant experience in the management of elections, both in New Zealand and as a technical team leader for the New Zealand Electoral Commission programme of electoral assistance to election management bodies in the Pacific.

She possesses 27 years of experience in elections and was a Returning Officer for many years and has been the Regional Manager for New Zealand’s South Island for two elections.

Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem said Ms Winter has extensive knowledge of the Fijian Electoral System and its processes which is a significant asset for the FEO for the 2018 General Election.

Ms Winter is on secondment from the New Zealand Electoral Commission and said she was looking forward to the conduct of the 2018 General Election.

“The New Zealand team has been working with the FEO over several years to help prepare to conduct this election, and it will be rewarding to see all those plans in operation at election time”, she said.
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Election Officials Contract Signing Deadline Extension

Statement by Acting Director Strategic Development & Communications

Mr. Edwin Nand

Election Officials Contract Signing Deadline Extension

29th March, 2018 – 3.00pm

FEO HQ – Suva

Bula vinaka members of the media.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to announce today that we are extending the deadline for the contract signing for Elections Officials who will be working during the 2018 General Election.

Elections Officials who have not signed their contract yet now have until the 7th of April, 2018 to do so.

So far ladies and gentlemen, a total of 3,288 Elections Officials have signed their contract from March 6 to March 28, 2018.

To make it easier for Elections Officials, we have printed contracts and distributed them to the respective Divisional Offices for signing by the applicants.

Looking at the breakdown, a total of 1300 Elections Officials have signed in the Central Division, 638 in the Western Division, 1059 in the Northern Division and 291 in the Eastern Division.

We thank those Elections Officials who have taken their time to visit our offices nationwide to sign their contracts.

While this is a high number, we still have 4,110 Elections Official who are yet to sign their contracts.

2874 Elections Officials have not signed their contracts in the Central Division, 714 in the Western Division, 452 in the Northern Division and 70 in the Eastern Division.

Given that a total of 1435 Polling Venues need to be staffed in preparation for the 2018 General Election, we are encouraging Elections Officials who are yet to sign, to please do so before April 7th.

In the event an Election Official does not sign their contract by the deadline, another Election Official from the reserve list will be allocated to the position which would result in one person missing out on the opportunity to be part of the staffing requirements for the 2018 General Election.

Successful applicants are being notified via SMS of their assigned venue of contract signing and our teams are making follow up calls to these individuals on their mobile phones.

We have been advised that the biggest challenge right now is contacting applicants whose mobile phones are switched off or diverted.

We will also advertise in both the daily newspapers the venues and locations where Elections Officials can go to sign their contracts from Tuesday 03 April, until Saturday 07 April 2018.

For those who are yet to sign their contracts, it is important to know that if you change your address, mobile phone number or any other personal details, you must inform the nearest FEO office as soon as possible.

We will need this information to confirm that you are assigned to an appropriate Polling Venue on Election Day and to ensure that there are no implications in salary payment following the end of your contract.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are also in the process of informing those applicants who failed to meet our criteria that their applications have not been successful.

Vinaka.

Last Call for Election Officials to Sign Contracts

Elections Officials for the 2018 General Election who are yet to sign their contracts with the Fijian Elections Office have until 28th March, 2018 to do so.

Director Corporate Services, Mr Sanjeshwar Ram, said that the Fijian Elections Office is currently in the process of having the contracts signed by all the successful applicants through the various centers Fiji wide.

This process began on the 6th of March and will continue until the 28th of March.

“A total of 520 Elections Officials have signed their contract since March 6, 2018 with 244 signing in the Central Division, 101 in the Eastern Division, 88 in the Northern Division and 87 in the Western Division,” he said.

Mr Ram said the target is to have over 8,000 contracts signed by end of next week.

Successful applicants are being notified via SMS of their assigned venue of contract signing.

Mr Ram said the contract signing venues will close on 28th March, 2018.

“Our venues to sign contracts have been advertised in both the daily newspapers and we urge Elections Officials to come forward to their assigned venues to sign their contracts by the deadline.

This is the final opportunity we are giving to all the successful applicants,” he said.

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Please forward all media queries to the FEO Communications team at communications@feo.org.fj

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