Elections

NZ provides support to the Fijian Elections Office

The New Zealand Aid Programme has provided a grant of $1.3million to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) for the development of an Election Management System (EMS). An EMS is an information technology (IT) platform used for managing and monitoring operational processes associated with running elections. The agreement was signed by New Zealand’s High Commissioner to […]

Staff Writers

June 18, 2016 2:42 pm

The New Zealand Aid Programme has provided a grant of $1.3million to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) for the development of an Election Management System (EMS).

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Mr Mark Ramsden and the Supervisor of Elections Mr Mohammed Saneem signing the agreement yesterday at the FEO headquarters in High Street, Toorak. (FEO)

An EMS is an information technology (IT) platform used for managing and monitoring operational processes associated with running elections.

The agreement was signed by New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji Mr Mark Ramsden and the Supervisor of Elections Mr Mohammed Saneem yesterday to strengthen FEO’s capacity to run transparent and efficient electoral processes.

Mr Saneem welcomed the agreement and said the EMS platform will be used for managing and monitoring operational processes associated with running elections.

SANEEM: “The software will give FEO the ability to better manage logistics to make voting easier and more accessible. It will also redice the risk of human error in logistics by eliminating the process of manually controlling inventory.”

High Commissioner Ramsden said the new system is expected to improve the integrity of elections data and information.

RAMSDEN: “The EMS would be an important tool for managing elections in Fiji. It will merge four existing IT systems into a single integrated platform and provide a more streamlined system for the FEO team to operate. The EMS will greatly improve coordination and effectiveness of the electoral services that the FEO is mandated to deliver to its voters.”

The High Commissioner said that the FEO will be responsible for developing the EMS which should be fully operational in December 2017.

RAMSDEN: “This will assist Fiji with preparations for the General Election scheduled for 2018. The FEO will be the first in the Pacific region (excluding Australia and New Zealand) to implement an EMS facility.”

The FEO will be the first in the Pacific region (excluding Australia and New Zealand) to implement an EMS facility.

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