Statement by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission
Mr Mukesh Nand
2022 Election Night Dinner – EVP
Suva – 14.12.22
Your Excellency the High Commissioner of Great Britain to Fiji Dr. Brian Jones
Senior Officials of the Fijian Elections Office
EVP Participants and supporters
Bula Vinaka and a very Good Evening to you all.
We have just concluded the polling process for our third General Election under the guidance of the Electoral Act of 2014.
The Fijian Elections Office is currently busy compiling the results for the General Election as well as carrying out the counting for the Pre-Poll activities.
We are confident that all these activities will be concluded with the same level of efficiency and efficacy that the Fijian Elections Office has shown so far.
I’d like to acknowledge and thank the Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed Saneem, as well as the Deputy Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Robin Boyd, for their hard work and effort in ensuring that the Fijian Elections for 2022 is fair and credible.
I would also like to thank our partners UNDP and the High Commission of the United Kingdom for making this exciting program possible.
I would also like to welcome you all to stay longer if you can to see the outcomes and I thank you all for accepting our invitation. Special thanks to our regional and international partners in the Election Management Bodies for taking up our invitation.
As I said when I initially addressed you, our intention was not to show off any of our processes but to really put it up on display for your constructive criticism or for your positive views on it.
The only intention here is that the evolution of election practices in Fiji must NOT stop at every election but rather become much more revolutionized following the election.
And get a new boost of energy so that the Fijian Elections historically becomes one of the most transparent and fair processes.
We hope that when Fijians choose their leaders, the election process gives them that boost, that confidence, that ownership that the process, in which they used to select the leaders, was transparent because it was accessible and it was fair.
That is all we hope.
Anyway, I’m taking too much of your time and I wish you all a good evening, do continue to follow the results on the Results App from the convenience of your respective hand held devices and all the best and safe journey on your return from Suva.
Thank you and vinaka vakalevu.