Electoral Commission wants COC to consult them on SOE appointment and it is not a busy body - Malimali
We are shocked at the misinformation and bullying - Chair

Electoral Commission wants COC to consult them on SOE appointment and it is not a busy body - Malimali

We are shocked at the misinformation and bullying - Chair

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 16/04/2024
( Barbara Malimali source : facebook )

The Electoral Commission is hopeful that it will get a response from the Constitutional Offices Commission to letters it has written about the recruitment of the next Supervisor of Elections, and Chair, Barbara Malimali says being consulted is the first step to their involvement in the appointment of the next Supervisor.

Malimali says the commission is not a busy body interfering with the business of another organization as it has oversight of the Fijian Elections Office just as it has a constitutional obligation to be involved in the appointment of the Supervisor.

Malimali says they have been asking the Constitutional Offices Commission for the past eight months - to be consulted.

She says unfortunately, they have not had much success on that front.

The Electoral Commission of Fiji has also expressed astonishment at recent coverage in the mainstream and social media which suggested that the Commission is calling for the dismissal of the Acting Supervisor of Elections and interfering with the recruitment of the next Supervisor by the Constitutional Offices Commission.

At its meeting yesterday, the Commissioners discussed the events of the past two weeks during which a letter written to the COC had found its way into the public domain and was mischievously misinterpreted to suggest that the Commission was interfering with the recruitment of the SOE and calling for the dismissal of the Acting SOE.

Malimali adds she told the media recently that everyone needed to calm down about this.

She says under section 76(4) of the Constitution, the Electoral Commission has a role to play in the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections.

Malimali says the Electoral Commission is also constitutionally mandated to register citizens as voters, undertake voter education, settle electoral disputes, and monitor and enforce electoral laws.

She says the Fijian Elections Office, of which the SOE is head, is the operational arm of the Commission and it undertakes these functions on behalf of the Commission.

At its meeting, the Commission also expressed dismay at the way in which the public seemed to be so easily swayed by those who spread misinformation and rumours, and the harm that was done by them.

Malimali says they are horrified to see the bullying and harassment that have erupted following these false allegations.

She says she has personally faced a lot of bullying online for the past two weeks and been called all kinds of names.

Malimali says they ask the public to contact them if they have questions, not listen to rumours and fearmongering.

FEATURE NEWS
FCOSS saddened and disgusted by salary increase
The Fiji Council of Social Services is disappointed that Parliament approved the salary increases for the President, Speaker, Ministers, Assistant Min...
5 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
AG defends media freedom as Koya accuses media of biased reporting
Attorney General Siromi Turaga stresses that the media is free after FijiFirst MP Faiyaz Koya accused the media of being biased when reporting on the ...
5 hours ago

Hundreds feared dead as emergency services race to rescue villagers trapped after landslide in PNG
Emergency services are racing to reach villages hit by a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea's isolated Enga province, where hundreds of people are ...
5 hours ago

Namosi road closure from 9am - 3pm tomorrow for culvert replacement works
Residents living along the lower Namosi Road are reminded that the road will be closed from 9am to 3pm tomorrow as the Fiji Roads Authority will ...
5 hours ago

MBHS celebrates Fun Day and gives cash incentives for those who won gold at the Coca-Cola Games
Marist Brothers High School celebrated their Fun Day today at the school grounds to end the first week of school on a high note, re-kindling family ...
5 hours ago

Gleam of hope for dairy farmers in Naitasiri as road works start
Great news for 34 dairy farms in Naitasiri, as carting milk cans on their backs and wheelbarrows to the roadside will soon become a thing of the past ...
5 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
Motion for Salary Changes of Executive Officers Passed
The motion to change the salaries and allowances of a number of executive offices including those of Members of Parliament has been passed by ...
15 hours ago

Ministry of Home Affairs Talanoa Session on Illicit Drugs and Substance Use Disorders in Fiji
The pervasive threat of illicit drugs has emerged as a pressing concern, rapidly infiltrating and destabilizing our society therefore the Republic of ...
8 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho hearing in dismissal of 2 police officers case
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku says he wants the hearing of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police ...
8 days ago

TOP