18 Mar 2008

People shortlisted for Fiji's supervisor of elections job are mainly from Australia and NZ

11:36 am on 18 March 2008

Fiji's Constitutional Offices Commission chairman, Rishi Ram, says the people shortlisted for the post of new Supervisor of Elections are mainly from Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Ram told Fiji Live that they have over 30 applications out of which only 5 have been short listed.

He says the names have been submitted to the minister responsible and in this case it's the Attorney General.

The commission received over 30 applications for the position from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and parts of Europe and the African continent.

The Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has confirmed receiving the names of the successful candidates.

He said the announcement of the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections will be made soon.

The interim Government was expected to make the appointment early this month.

Mr Ram, earlier said the delay was due to the late appointment of fellow members of the COC, the appointing authority for the Supervisor of Elections.

The post was left vacant following the termination of Semesa Karavaki by the interim regime early last year.