3 Jul 2012

Fiji gets new decree for election

6:49 pm on 3 July 2012

An Electoral Registration of Voters Decree has come into effect in Fiji.

Fiji Village reports that the decree states that the Electoral Act 1998 is repealed, but a political party registered under the Act will continue as a registered party until such time further laws are made in relation to the registration of political parties.

It says the minister responsible for elections will perform the functions and exercise the powers of the Electoral Commission until such time as the commission is appointed by the President.

The decree also confirms that the Permanent Secretary responsible for Elections will perform the functions of the Supervisor of Elections until such time the Supervisor is appointed by the President.

The Electoral Registration of Voters Decree says a person who has reached the age of 18 years and is a citizen of Fiji shall have the right to be registered as a voter.