Fiji’s Electoral Commission will be set up once the new Constitution is in place. Once established, it will be responsible for registering voters and conducting free and fair elections. The Commission consists of a chairperson and four others – appointed by the President – on the advice of the Prime Minister. Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says their appointment will be made once the constitution has been adopted. “Because the Electoral Commission needs to be appointed under the Constitution and I would suspect that would be the first thing that needs to be done.”
Sayed-Khaiyum says the new Constitution will be in place, as and when the President and the Prime Minister see it fit.
“That is something that will be decided by the Prime Minister and the President in essence to the new constitution but the role of the Attorney General’s chambers is to obviously collect all the submissions and then look at it and then discuss it with the PM and see where the amendments need to be made and can be made if any and then we take it from there to the PM and then the President,” said Sayed Khaiyum.
The Electoral Commission will also appoint the Supervisor of Elections.