Four Political Parties have submitted their nominations and we have received a total of 178 nomination from the four Political Parties.
FijiFirst filled its nomination with the FEO on 8 October, 2018 and we have completed the processing of the nomination for FijiFirst.
Out of the 51 nominated candidates for FijiFirst, the Fijian Elections Office approved 50.
“The nomination for one nominee, Ms Naziah Ali was not approved on the basis of not being in the country for the requisite of minimum 18 months after the two years immediately preceding the writ,” said Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.
The second party that nominated was SODELPA.
“Of the 51 candidates that were nominated by SODELPA, the FEO has approved 50 candidates and rejected the nomination of one candidate.
The nomination for Mr Adi Narayan has not been approved on the basis of non-confirmation of his status as it appears to be a dual citizenship.”
The information has been conveyed to SODELPA Secretariat and they have until tomorrow midday to replace the candidate that has not been approved or they could alternatively file an appeal with the Electoral Commission on Tuesday, 16 October, 2018 should they wish to do so.
The third Political Party that nominated was the National Federation Party
also on 11 October, 2018.
“50 candidates from the Political Party have been approved and one candidate did not meet the as per the Electoral Act to be in the country for 18 months out of the 24 months preceding the date of the writ.
The Candidate, Mr Feroz Mohammed was out of the country around 228 days and as a result did not meet the requirements set out by the Electoral Act.”
The National Federation Party has been informed of the decision and in the event they wish to do so, they can replace a candidate by midday tomorrow or alternatively they can appeal to the Electoral Commission on 16 October, 2018.
The last party that has filed it nomination with us was the Fiji Labour Party which filed its nominations on 12 October, 2018, and they nominated twenty-five candidates.
“The Fijian Elections Office has completed the processing of all 25 candidates and following this we have informed the Fiji Labour Party that 22 candidates have been approved and three nomination have not been approved as the nominees have been found to have prior criminal convictions that disqualifies them under the Electoral Act.”
The Fiji Labour Party may replace the candidates by midday tomorrow or alternatively file an appeal to the Electoral Commission on 16 October, 2018 before 4pm.
The Fijian Elections Office will not accept any further nominations after midday and any political party that nominates tomorrow and a decision is not made by midday, they will not be able to replace a candidate if we have not approved any of the nominations that have been filed with us.