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Section 140 of the Electoral Act states:(1) During the campaign period, any person who asks for, receives or obtains, or offers or agrees to ask for, or to receive or obtain, any property or benefit of any kind, whether for the same or for any other person, on an understanding that any— (a) vote of the first mentioned person; (b) candidature of the first mentioned person; or (c) support of, or opposition to, a candidate or a political party by the first mentioned person, will, in any way, be influenced or affected, commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or to both. (2) Any person who, in order to influence or affect any— (a) vote of another person; (b) candidature of another person; or (c) support of, or opposition to, a candidate or a political party by another person, gives or confers, or promises or offers to give or confer directly or through any other person, any property or benefit of any kind to that other person or to a third party, commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or to both. (3) This section does not apply in relation to a declaration of public policy or a promise of public action. See MoreSee Less
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Referrals to FICACThe Fijian Elections Office [‘FEO’] has referred the following individuals to FICAC following the receipt of a Letter from the FijiFirst highlighting various breaches of the Electoral Act 2014 by different candidates to FICAC.“The FijiFirst filed a 19 Page complaint with the FEO in which it highlighted practices of some individuals during the campaign period directly from their own Facebook pages and such practices are prima- facie breach of the Electoral Act,” explained Mr. Mohammed Saneem, Supervisor of Elections.“While we are obtaining further information from other persons and political parties named in the complaint, the instances where we found that the law has been breached, we have referred such persons to FICAC without delay” continued Mr. Saneem. So far, the FEO has referred Mr. Sajal Narayan, The People’s Alliance and Rock the Vote to FICAC See MoreSee Less
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The 2022 General Election date has not been announced. This is false information. Please report such false information to the Centre for Credible Election Information, and only believe election related news from credible sources. See MoreSee Less
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Clarification on Candidate Nomination Requirement for the 2022 General ElectionThe nomination of candidates for the 2022 general election will be governed by section 23 of the Electoral Act. The exact requirement to be successfully nominated are as follows;Electoral Act 2014 section 23(4)(4) A person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election to Parliament only if the person—(a) is a citizen of Fiji, and does not hold citizenship of any other country;(b) is registered in the Register of Voters;(c) is ordinarily resident in Fiji for at least 2 years immediately before being nominated;(d) is not an undischarged bankrupt;(e) is not a member of the Electoral Commission, and has not been a member of that Commission at any time during the 4 years immediately before being nominated;(f) is not subject to a sentence of imprisonment when nominated;(g) has not, at any time during the 8 years immediately before being nominated, been convicted of any offence under any law for which the maximum penalty is a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more; and(h) has not been guilty of any offence under a law relating to elections, registration of political parties or registration of voters, including any offence prescribed under this Act.The above provision does not require any candidate to be vetted through the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit [‘FIU’]. There is absolutely no requirement in the law that any candidate of a party be vetted by FIU. The SoE, in approving the nominations follows the requirements of section 23(4) and no other ancillary matters areconsidered.“Going into the nomination for the 2022 General Elections we urge all the political parties particularly the office holders of the parties to ensure that they convey the accurate information in relation to the requirement for nomination and subsequent electoral processes to the party members. If they mislead the members of the party by telling them that there is certain requirement in the law or that certain requirements have been put in place by Fijian Elections Office that does not exist in law or nomination form, then such parties must take their own responsibilities to deal withsuch misrepresentation by its officials,” said the Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem.The FEO has always maintained the clear stance on requirements for nomination and this has been provided to all registered of political parties in a meeting that the Supervisor of Elections held with them via zoom dated 16 August 2022.“It is misleading to allude that a vetting/ certification is a pre-requisite for nomination in Fiji. It appears that the person who attended the meeting on behalf of the NFP misconstrued the requirements under the Act and was asking if NFP’s candidates could be vetted by FIU, highlighted Mr Saneem.The FEO urges registered officers of all parties to thoroughly familiarize themselves with the Electoral Act to avoid confusion. When in doubt, parties can always write to the FEO for clarification or seek independent legal advice. See MoreSee Less
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The Electoral Commission finds that the Fiji Sun Breaches the Opinion Poll GuidelinesThe Electoral Commission adopted the public opinion poll guidelines for the 2022 General Election on 5 July 2022. This was published on the Commission’s website for all interested agencies to refer to and comply with when pertaining to the opinion poll forthe 2022 General Election. However, the Commission noted that Fiji Sun published a public opinion poll on 6 August 2022 which did not follow the approved ESOMAR & WAPOR guidelines.The Commission findings are that:a) Fiji Sun is the parent company which directs Western Force Research to carry out general research survey works, opinion polls for the newspaper and therefore it is bound by the adopted guideline.b) That western force research is a home based small business that does not have a business website nor any social media page. The guideline provides that the researchers are required to promptly identify themselves and unambiguously state the purpose of the research and enable respondents to check their identityand bona fides without difficulty.c) The Guideline also provides that the basic principle of fair and informative reporting requires that it be made clear on how and where the enquirer can obtain additional details. The survey company and the media should publish all required full details of public opinion polls on their website within hours ofpublication. As such Fiji Sun- Western Force Research publication does not comply with this standard.d) Researchers must ensure that adequate security measures are employed to prevent unauthorized access, manipulation and disclosure to the personal data. Western Force Research has failed to demonstrate that it has sufficient capacity to deliver this requirement.e) The Guideline provided that the name of the organization which conducted the poll and its sponsor, the organization or person who paid for the poll must be disclosed. The Western Force Research company does not exist according to the company search conducted and the company is purportedly owned by the nameof Mere Serukalou rather as claimed in the response.f) In its response, Western Force Research claimed that they take a sample size of 1000 respondents based on the demographics of Fiji. The guideline requires that researchers observe the need for samples of appropriate size and quality and technical consideration particularly affecting pre-election polls. Such polls musthave a sample large enough to draw conclusions about voters.g) Western Force also stated that all research survey data is handed to Fiji Sun but also noted that this is currently not published by Fiji Sun. The guideline commensurate that researchers and those publishing survey data must make available sufficient information to enable the public and other stakeholders to evaluate the results.h) The interviews were conducted by teams targeting bus stands, markets, housing settlements, neighborhood, taxi stands etc. The required standard requires that exit poll interviews conducted in a public place must take special care about respondents confidentiality. However, there is lack of information on how thisconfidentiality was maintained by the interviews while being out on field.i) The interviews were mostly done face to face in markets, towns, and neighborhoods ensuring that respondents are not politically biased, politically active or affiliated with a certain political party. The standard required outlines that the actual question wording is critical to interpreting the findings, and to eliminate ambiguity and misunderstanding. There is lack of information on whatquestions were asked to the respondent and how it was ascertained that these respondents were impartial.j) The guideline also highlights that for interviews conducted face to face, the researchers must ensure that the interviewers must be professionally trained on how to conduct such polls, that interviewers act properly and are adequately supervised. Again Fiji Sun-Western Force research being a home-based businessmust be sponsored for carrying out such training. However, there is no mention of sponsor details and how they train their team for conducting such a poll.k) The June poll and the recent poll on 6th August published by Western Force Research failed to state how many interviews were done face to face, how many were done by telephone calls and interviews through social media by divisions, age, gender and locations. Fiji has four divisions Central, North, Eastern and Westyet the research company has left out our Maritime zones formally known as the Eastern division and within those divisions there are zones or areas such as the Lami area, Nasinu/Nakasi area, Nausori area and the Navua area but none of this were mentioned in any of the polls published as per the ESOMAR/WAPOR guideline, sampling method is vital in publishing any public opinion poll.Therefore, the Electoral Commission urges all agencies conducting opinion poll on the 2022 General Election to abide by the guidelines adopted by the Commission. You can find the guidelines on our website: www.electoralcommission.org.fj/guidelines-on-opinion-polls-published-surveys/ See MoreSee Less
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FEO Holds Political Party Meeting

The Fijian Elections Office [FEO] successfully held its first face-to-face political party meeting at its Headquarters in Toorak, Suva this afternoon. The meeting was co-chaired

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FEO Holds Political Party Meeting

The Fijian Elections Office [FEO] successfully held its first face-to-face political party meeting at its Headquarters in Toorak, Suva this afternoon. The meeting was co-chaired

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Section 140 of the Electoral Act states:(1) During the campaign period, any person who asks for, receives or obtains, or offers or agrees to ask for, or to receive or obtain, any property or benefit of any kind, whether for the same or for any other person, on an understanding that any— (a) vote of the first mentioned person; (b) candidature of the first mentioned person; or (c) support of, or opposition to, a candidate or a political party by the first mentioned person, will, in any way, be influenced or affected, commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or to both. (2) Any person who, in order to influence or affect any— (a) vote of another person; (b) candidature of another person; or (c) support of, or opposition to, a candidate or a political party by another person, gives or confers, or promises or offers to give or confer directly or through any other person, any property or benefit of any kind to that other person or to a third party, commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or to both. (3) This section does not apply in relation to a declaration of public policy or a promise of public action. See MoreSee Less
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Referrals to FICACThe Fijian Elections Office [‘FEO’] has referred the following individuals to FICAC following the receipt of a Letter from the FijiFirst highlighting various breaches of the Electoral Act 2014 by different candidates to FICAC.“The FijiFirst filed a 19 Page complaint with the FEO in which it highlighted practices of some individuals during the campaign period directly from their own Facebook pages and such practices are prima- facie breach of the Electoral Act,” explained Mr. Mohammed Saneem, Supervisor of Elections.“While we are obtaining further information from other persons and political parties named in the complaint, the instances where we found that the law has been breached, we have referred such persons to FICAC without delay” continued Mr. Saneem. So far, the FEO has referred Mr. Sajal Narayan, The People’s Alliance and Rock the Vote to FICAC See MoreSee Less
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The 2022 General Election date has not been announced. This is false information. Please report such false information to the Centre for Credible Election Information, and only believe election related news from credible sources. See MoreSee Less
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Clarification on Candidate Nomination Requirement for the 2022 General ElectionThe nomination of candidates for the 2022 general election will be governed by section 23 of the Electoral Act. The exact requirement to be successfully nominated are as follows;Electoral Act 2014 section 23(4)(4) A person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election to Parliament only if the person—(a) is a citizen of Fiji, and does not hold citizenship of any other country;(b) is registered in the Register of Voters;(c) is ordinarily resident in Fiji for at least 2 years immediately before being nominated;(d) is not an undischarged bankrupt;(e) is not a member of the Electoral Commission, and has not been a member of that Commission at any time during the 4 years immediately before being nominated;(f) is not subject to a sentence of imprisonment when nominated;(g) has not, at any time during the 8 years immediately before being nominated, been convicted of any offence under any law for which the maximum penalty is a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more; and(h) has not been guilty of any offence under a law relating to elections, registration of political parties or registration of voters, including any offence prescribed under this Act.The above provision does not require any candidate to be vetted through the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit [‘FIU’]. There is absolutely no requirement in the law that any candidate of a party be vetted by FIU. The SoE, in approving the nominations follows the requirements of section 23(4) and no other ancillary matters areconsidered.“Going into the nomination for the 2022 General Elections we urge all the political parties particularly the office holders of the parties to ensure that they convey the accurate information in relation to the requirement for nomination and subsequent electoral processes to the party members. If they mislead the members of the party by telling them that there is certain requirement in the law or that certain requirements have been put in place by Fijian Elections Office that does not exist in law or nomination form, then such parties must take their own responsibilities to deal withsuch misrepresentation by its officials,” said the Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem.The FEO has always maintained the clear stance on requirements for nomination and this has been provided to all registered of political parties in a meeting that the Supervisor of Elections held with them via zoom dated 16 August 2022.“It is misleading to allude that a vetting/ certification is a pre-requisite for nomination in Fiji. It appears that the person who attended the meeting on behalf of the NFP misconstrued the requirements under the Act and was asking if NFP’s candidates could be vetted by FIU, highlighted Mr Saneem.The FEO urges registered officers of all parties to thoroughly familiarize themselves with the Electoral Act to avoid confusion. When in doubt, parties can always write to the FEO for clarification or seek independent legal advice. See MoreSee Less
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The Electoral Commission finds that the Fiji Sun Breaches the Opinion Poll GuidelinesThe Electoral Commission adopted the public opinion poll guidelines for the 2022 General Election on 5 July 2022. This was published on the Commission’s website for all interested agencies to refer to and comply with when pertaining to the opinion poll forthe 2022 General Election. However, the Commission noted that Fiji Sun published a public opinion poll on 6 August 2022 which did not follow the approved ESOMAR & WAPOR guidelines.The Commission findings are that:a) Fiji Sun is the parent company which directs Western Force Research to carry out general research survey works, opinion polls for the newspaper and therefore it is bound by the adopted guideline.b) That western force research is a home based small business that does not have a business website nor any social media page. The guideline provides that the researchers are required to promptly identify themselves and unambiguously state the purpose of the research and enable respondents to check their identityand bona fides without difficulty.c) The Guideline also provides that the basic principle of fair and informative reporting requires that it be made clear on how and where the enquirer can obtain additional details. The survey company and the media should publish all required full details of public opinion polls on their website within hours ofpublication. As such Fiji Sun- Western Force Research publication does not comply with this standard.d) Researchers must ensure that adequate security measures are employed to prevent unauthorized access, manipulation and disclosure to the personal data. Western Force Research has failed to demonstrate that it has sufficient capacity to deliver this requirement.e) The Guideline provided that the name of the organization which conducted the poll and its sponsor, the organization or person who paid for the poll must be disclosed. The Western Force Research company does not exist according to the company search conducted and the company is purportedly owned by the nameof Mere Serukalou rather as claimed in the response.f) In its response, Western Force Research claimed that they take a sample size of 1000 respondents based on the demographics of Fiji. The guideline requires that researchers observe the need for samples of appropriate size and quality and technical consideration particularly affecting pre-election polls. Such polls musthave a sample large enough to draw conclusions about voters.g) Western Force also stated that all research survey data is handed to Fiji Sun but also noted that this is currently not published by Fiji Sun. The guideline commensurate that researchers and those publishing survey data must make available sufficient information to enable the public and other stakeholders to evaluate the results.h) The interviews were conducted by teams targeting bus stands, markets, housing settlements, neighborhood, taxi stands etc. The required standard requires that exit poll interviews conducted in a public place must take special care about respondents confidentiality. However, there is lack of information on how thisconfidentiality was maintained by the interviews while being out on field.i) The interviews were mostly done face to face in markets, towns, and neighborhoods ensuring that respondents are not politically biased, politically active or affiliated with a certain political party. The standard required outlines that the actual question wording is critical to interpreting the findings, and to eliminate ambiguity and misunderstanding. There is lack of information on whatquestions were asked to the respondent and how it was ascertained that these respondents were impartial.j) The guideline also highlights that for interviews conducted face to face, the researchers must ensure that the interviewers must be professionally trained on how to conduct such polls, that interviewers act properly and are adequately supervised. Again Fiji Sun-Western Force research being a home-based businessmust be sponsored for carrying out such training. However, there is no mention of sponsor details and how they train their team for conducting such a poll.k) The June poll and the recent poll on 6th August published by Western Force Research failed to state how many interviews were done face to face, how many were done by telephone calls and interviews through social media by divisions, age, gender and locations. Fiji has four divisions Central, North, Eastern and Westyet the research company has left out our Maritime zones formally known as the Eastern division and within those divisions there are zones or areas such as the Lami area, Nasinu/Nakasi area, Nausori area and the Navua area but none of this were mentioned in any of the polls published as per the ESOMAR/WAPOR guideline, sampling method is vital in publishing any public opinion poll.Therefore, the Electoral Commission urges all agencies conducting opinion poll on the 2022 General Election to abide by the guidelines adopted by the Commission. You can find the guidelines on our website: www.electoralcommission.org.fj/guidelines-on-opinion-polls-published-surveys/ See MoreSee Less
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