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Clarification on who can contest 2018 elections

The Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem today clarified the guidelines for political party members who have pending court cases but may want to contest in the 2018 General-Elections. Mr Saneem was responding to a question posed by the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights Chairman Hon. Ashneel Sudhakar, regarding nominations for party members […]

Salote Qalubau

July 20, 2016 3:32 pm

The Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem today clarified the guidelines for political party members who have pending court cases but may want to contest in the 2018 General-Elections.

The Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem (Centre) makes his presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the 2014 General Election Reports today. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)
The Supervisor of Elections Mr Mohammed Saneem (centre) while presenting to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the 2014 General Election Reports today. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

Mr Saneem was responding to a question posed by the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights Chairman Hon. Ashneel Sudhakar, regarding nominations for party members who had pending charges during his presentation of the 2014 General Election reports.

Asheenl Sudhakar
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law, and Human Rights Hon. Ashneel Sudhakar. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

SUDHAKAR: “The current electoral decree suggests that if a person being convicted commits an offence which has a maximum penalty of 12 months, whether he has served imprisonment or not is not allowed to contest. That seems a bit too harsh, what do they suggest as an alternative.”

Mr Saneem said the matter was one that the Fiji Elections Office could not give their opinion on.

SANEEM: “The law requires you to be convicted and then your nomination will not be accepted…so whether reducing it to 6 months or not depends on what the Parliament thinks on the kind or caliber of people you want to have in Parliament.”

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