Changes in the Electoral Decree
7:26 TodayTaken from/By: FBC NewsReport by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
Changes have been made to the Electoral Decree provision on the eligibility of candidates that wish to contest the elections. Section 23 of the Decree states that a person is eligible; if they are ordinarily resident in Fiji for at least two years – immediately before being nominated. Subsection five says, a person is deemed to be ordinarily resident if that person has been out of Fiji for official government duties or holding an official government position in any other country. Now, following the amendment, which was gazetted by the Chief Justice and Acting President Anthony Gates, a person can only qualify if that person has been “present and living in Fiji for a total period of not less than 18 months out of the two years immediately before being nominated”. The amendment, dated 31st July is now in effect.