27 Jun 2007

Fiji to search overseas for new election supervisor

9:03 am on 27 June 2007

Fiji is to turn overseas in its search for a new Supervisor of Elections in preparation for the post-coup general elections in early 2009.

The post has already been advertised twice in Fiji - with no applicants the first time and only one the second time.

The constitution requires the position to be filled by a qualified lawyer with a licence to practise in Fiji.

The chairman of the Constitutional Services Commission, Rishi Ram, says they are in talks with several arms of the government about securing the services of a supervisor of elections from overseas through donor agencies.

Several overseas governments highly critical of the military takeover have undertaken to provide assistance if Fiji moves swiftly towards general elections.