25 Sep 2007

Fiji still looking for new supervisor of elections

10:14 am on 25 September 2007

Fiji is seeking help from Australia to find a new supervisor of elections for the country.

The former supervisor of elections, Semesa Karavaki, was removed after the military takeover and the Constitutional Offices Commission has not been able to find a replacement despite advertising the post twice.

Fiji TV reports that the Australian high commission in Suva has confirmed that talks have begun with the ministry of justice, the Constitutional Offices Commission, the Public Service Commission and the Electoral Commission.

Apart from finding an international candidate, Australia and other donors have agreed to top up the salary of anyone taking up the position.

The Australian high commission says it expects clear advice on the selection criteria in further talks with the Constitutional Offices Commission this week.

Britain is also reported to be helping in the search for a new supervisor of elections.