Chairperson to The Electoral Commission

MR. Suresh Chandra

Mr Suresh Chandra, is the Chairperson for The Electoral Commission, re-appointed to the position by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji on 20 March, 2020.

Mr Chandra served as the Chairperson of The EC since February 2017 and in his tenure, he oversaw the delivery of the 2018 General Election, that was declared a free and fair election by the 2018 Multinational Observer Group.

A Legal Practitioner by profession, Mr Chandra is a proprietor of MC Lawyers, a private practice which he joined in 1993.

Mr Chandra has served in the Public Service Commission in various capacities, namely as the Acting Deputy Receiver (1997 and 1979), the Executive Officer/Marriage Officer in the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages Office (1976), the Deputy Registrar of Titles and Deeds (1977 to 1985), the Registrar of Titles (1985 to 1987) and then as a Legal Officer (1991 to 1993).

He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South Pacific and an LLB from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand in 1991, then the High Court of Fiji in 1992.

No stranger to elections management, Mr Chandra was appointed as a Chairperson of the Boundaries Commission in 2008 to facilitate general elections in Fiji.

Mr Chandra was raised from humble beginnings in Tavua, and is married with one child.

 

 

Member of The Electoral Commission

MR. Jawahar Lal (Jay Lal)

Mr Jay Lal, is a Member of The Electoral Commission, re-appointed to the position by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji on 20 March, 2020.

Mr Lal served as a Member of  The EC from 17 February 2017 until his term expired on 3 February 2020.

He is a practising member of the Fiji Institute of Accountants, a member of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of New Zealand, a member of the Australian Institute of the Management and a Tax Agent.

Mr Lal worked with various international accounting firms such as Price Waterhouse & Co, Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co and Ernst & Whiney both in New Zealand and in Fiji for eight (8) years before commencing his own business in 1987.  His experience in the chartered accounting profession spans over 30 years.

JAY LAL & CO, the chartered accounting firm established by Mr Lal offers a comprehensive range of accounting, auditing, taxation, business advisory, system implementation and other services to clients from all industries, locally and in the region.

Mr Lal is originally from Lautoka and is married with three children.

 

 

Member of The Electoral Commission

MR. Simione Ratabacaca Naiduki

Mr Simione Naiduki, is a Member of The Electoral Commission, re-appointed to the position by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji on 20 March, 2020.

He served as a Member of The EC from 17 February 2017 until his term expired on 3 February 2020.

Mr Naiduki is a retired senior Civil Servant with 40 years of working experience. He has formerly served as the General Manager of the Fiji Public Services Credit Union and the Registrar of Cooperative.

Mr Naiduki has held various roles in the Public Service Commission such as the Director/ Registrar of Cooperative from 1991 to 1996 and the Principal Cooperative Officer between 1988 to 1990, among others.

He attained a Senior Cambridge School Certificate in 1964 and also attended various training courses such as Course on Management of Agricultural Coops Sydney, Australia.

He also represented the Department and the Cooperative Movement in Regional Meetings for Asia and the Pacific Region in 1978.

Mr. Naiduki served as a Board Member for LTA from 2003 to 2005 and as the Agro marketing Chairman from 2003 until 2006. He continues to serve as the Mata ni Tikina, Yasana Tailevu since 2014 and as the Chairman of the Nawaibuta Holdings since 2006.

 

 

Member of  The Electoral Commission

MS. Margot Marie Jenkins

Mrs Margot Jenkins is a Member of The Electoral Commission, re-appointed to the position by his Excellency, the President of the Republic of Fiji on 20 March, 2020.

She served as a Member of The EC from 17 February 2017 until her term expired on 3 February 2020.

Mrs Jenkins has an entrepreneurial heart, having owned and operated several businesses throughout her career.

A restauranteur by profession, Mrs Jenkins owned and operated the Point After Bar and Grill Restaurant from 2006 to 2008 and has owned and/or managed several other restaurants throughout her career in the U.S.A.

Mrs Jenkins has managed hotels in the U.S.A. as well as in Fiji, including the Grand Pacific Hotel from 1986 to 1989 and JJ’s on the Park from 2002 to 2006.

With a doctrine in Music, Mrs Jenkins owned and operated Sound Images Recording Studio from 1993 to 1995, producing several professional jingles for Fiji businesses and original music albums.

As a professional tennis player in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Mrs Jenkins owned and operated The Tennis Shop in Suva from 1981 to 1983. She also owned and operated the Executive Cut Salon for Men from 1984 to 1986.

Mrs Jenkins was born and raised in Fiji, and has three children, five grand-children and two great grand-children.

 

 

Member of  The Electoral Commission

MS. Kavita Raniga

Mrs Kavita Raniga, is a Member of The Electoral Commission, re-appointed to the position by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji on 20 March, 2020.

She served as a Member of The EC from 17 February 2017 until her term expired on 3 February 2020.

A pharmacist by profession, Mrs Raniga is the Managing Director at Budget Pharmacy.

She also oversees operations at The Essentials – Denarau General Store, Spa Maya, Amy Street Pharmacy and is a relieving pharmacist at Budget Pharmacy.

Mrs Raniga helped establish the Amy Street Pharmacy at Suva Private Hospital in 2000 and Three Essentials – Denarau General Store in Port Denarau Retail Centre in 2007.

She also helped setup Denarau Medispa – Fiji’s First Medical Spa in 2010 and setup Spa Maya – Fiji’s First Ayurvedic Spa in 2012.

Mrs Raniga attained a Bachelor in Pharmacy from Monash University (Victoria College of Pharmacy) in 1993. She did her Pharmacy Internship at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Melbourne (1993 to 1994).  She also worked as a full time pharmacist at Burwood Amcal Chemist, Melbourne, Australia in 1994.

She serves as a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Pharmacy Board of Australia and the Fiji Pharmaceutical Society.

Mrs Raniga has carried out community and professional work by assisting on Mobile Medical Camps by Ramakrishna Mission of Fiji. She also serves as a member of Women in Business.

Mrs Raniga is married to Ajay Raniga with two boys.

 

 

Member of The Electoral Commission

MS. Mere Roden

Ms Mere Roden is a Member of The Electoral Commission, appointed to the position by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji on 20 March, 2020.

With a soaring passion for sports, Ms Roden has created many landmarks in her career having most recently won 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at the Australian National table tennis 2018.

After her secondary school education, Ms Roden pursed a career in the textile industry working as a Machinist at Asia Pacific Management (Fiji) from 1989 to 2000 and then as a Factory Manager for Asia Pacific Textiles (2001).

Despite an internal injury in 2006 that has kept her confined to a wheel chair for 13 years now, Ms Roden has achieved many milestones on the field representing Fiji at various sporting events including the 2015 PNG Pacific Games, the 2017 Vanuatu Mini Games and the Rio Summer Paralympics in 2016.

Off-field Ms Roden has served as a Treasurer for Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation (FDPF) from 2010 – 2015, as Vice President of FDPF in 2016, Vice President for the Spinal Injury Association (SIA) from 2012- 2014 and President SIA from 2015- 2016.

In late 2016, she was offered the position of Office Manager for Spinal Injury Association which she holds till today.

Ms Roden is currently the Acting Vice President of Fiji Table Tennis Association, President of the FDPF Women’s group, Member of the Fiji Women’s Fund Steering Committee and Oceania Athlete Rep to the Oceania Paralympic Committee.

She hails from Sinuvaca, Koro in the Lomaiviti Province. She is married with six children and is also a grandmother to five grandchildren.

 

 

Member of The Electoral Commission

MS. Selina Lee Wah

Ms Selina Lee Wah is a Member of The Electoral Commission, appointed to the position by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji on 20 March, 2020.

Ms Wah identifies herself as a Social Worker, though her work is multi-facetted spanning various sectors of the economy.

Ms Wah completed her term as a Commissioner at the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission following the establishment of the Commssion under the 2013 Constitution.

She was a bank officer for 35 years with the ANZ Bank until she retired and decided to focus all of her efforts on social work.

Ms Wah has held the position of Vice President of the Labasa Chinese Community since 1994. She was Vice President of Labasa Red Cross (2003-2005), and was a Member of the National Advisory Council since 2000 among various other roles.

She also has a rich sports background having represented Fiji in Netball in 1970 and was a Trialist for Hockey in 1979.

Apart from formal education, Ms Wah has completed various courses including, Management Principle Programmes, International Olympic Certificate in Sports Medicine Course (1992), Medical Welfare Program (2005), Gender Elections Module (2012), Family Law Act- Community Training (2007) and others.

Ms Wah hails from Labasa.