The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has wrapped up its responsibility for the 2022 general election.
Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem handed over the final results tally to Electoral Commission chair, Mukesh Nand.
This was done at the media conference in Suva, where Saneem announced the conclusion of the data entry process for the election results and gave a breakdown of the election statistics.
Results from the 2071 polling stations across the country revealed that the total number of Fijians who cast their ballots on polling day was 473,910, which is 68.3 percent of eligible voters - higher than the 2018 general election turnout.
As the elections boss celebrated the FEO's approach to increasing voter turnout he reminded Fijians that the election was wrapped in a blanket of coordination and logistics, stating "it is not as simple as saying four years and one job".
The elections office has come under scrutiny throughout this election, dealing with allegations of data integrity after a glitch occurred within hours of counting on polling day.
"Today, we deliver you the results of the 2022 general election with pride and dignity and we look forward to the formation of what may result in the governance of this country," said Saneem.
He went on to read out the names of the 342 candidates and their allocated votes for the general election.
The Electoral Commission will now retire to calculate the 55-seat allocation for Parliament from the results.
"We intend to announce the final list of candidates that will enter Parliament at 1pm local time tomorrow (Monday), followed by our appointment with His Excellency the President at 2pm (local time), when we intend to return the writ for the 2022 general election," Nand explained.
What do the results reveal?
The results reveal that the FijiFirst Party's vote allocation puts them in the lead, followed by the People's Alliance Party, the National Federation Party, and the Social Democratic Liberal Party.
None of Unity Fiji, Fiji Labour Party, We Unite Fiji Party, All People's Party, New Generation Party, and two independents: Rajender Sharma and Ravinder Reddy made it into Parliament.
As it stands, the make-up of the new 55-seat Parliament will be FijiFirst with 26 seats, the People's Alliance Party (PAP) with 21 seats, the National Federation Party with 5 seats and the Social Democratic Liberal Party (Sodelpa) with 3 seats.
Before campaigning, the People's Alliance Party and the National Federation Party announced their coalition, so collectively the two parties have 26 seats like the FijiFirst party.
Now, the country awaits the decision of Sodelpa to see who it will align itself with to form the next government.
Final results for parties forming Fiji's Parliament
- 1. FijiFirst: 200246 - 42.55 percent
- 2. The People's Alliance Party: 168581 - 35.82 percent
- 3. The National Federation Party: 41830 - 8.89 percent
- 4. The Social Democratic Liberal Party: 24172 - 5.14 percent
Who has made it into Parliament?
The following candidates will be the next Members of Parliament in Fiji.
FijiFirst: Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Parveen Kumar Bala, Mahendra Reddy, Hem Chand, Ratu Josaia Bulavakarua Niudamu, Rinesh Rajesh Sharma, Alvick Avhikrit Maharaj, Rosy Sofia Akbar, Vijay Nath, Ioane Naivalurua, Inia Batikoto Seruiratu, Shalen Kumar, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Premila Devi Kumar, Jone Usamate, Viam Pillay, Sanjay Salend Kirpal, Joseph Nitya Nand, Semi Tuleca Koroilavesau, Ifereimi Waqainabete, Viliame Naupoto, Aliki Bia, Naisa Tatau Tuinaceva, Mosese Drecala Bulitavu, Ketan Kirit Lal
People's Alliance Party: Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka, Lynda Diseru Tabuya, Charan Jeath Singh, Filimoni Wainiqolo Rasokisoki Vosarogo, Manoa Seru Nakausabaria Kamikamica, Isikeli Tuiwailevu, Iliesa Sovui Vanawalu, Siromi Dokonivalu Turaga, Ratu Atonio Rabici Lalabalavu, Jese Saukuru, Ratu Rakuita Solesole Sauramaeva Vakalalabure, Maciu Katamotu Nalumisa, Jovesa Rokuta Vocea, Sakiusa Tubuna, Vatimi Tidara Tuinasakea Kaunitawake Rayalu , Ro Filipe Qaraniqio Tuisawau, Tomasi Niuvotu Tunabuna, Sakiasi Raisevu Ditoka, Esrom Yosef Immanuel, Kalaveti Vodo Ravu, Alitia Vakatai Bavou Cirikiyasawa Bainivalu.
National Federation Party: Biman Chand Prasad, Lenora Salusalu Qereqeretabua, Agni Deo Singh, Pio Tikoduadua, Sashi Kiran
Social Democratic Liberal Party: Viliame Rogoibulu Gavoka, Ifereimi Vasu, Aseri Masivou Radrodro