2 Dec 2013

Travel bans hindering set up of Fiji electoral body

7:24 pm on 2 December 2013

Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says some potential candidates for the Electoral Commission have been reluctant to join because of travel bans imposed by New Zealand and Australia.

The Commission is to oversee the elections due to be held by the end of September.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the government is still on the lookout for good, credible and independent people for the seven member body and hopes to announce them in a matter of weeks.

"We've approached a few people and some were initially hesitant to join up because of travel bans but we do have letters from the Australian and New Zealand governments confirming that travel bans won't apply to people who are appointed as commissioners. Some people are still hesitant and do not necessarily want to take that risk."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the Commission is to advise on the appointment of the Supervisor for Elections who will also be announced before the end of the year.