FLP questions Supervisor of Elections’ appointment

  • 31st March 2014
  • 2014
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The Fiji Labour Party questions the appointment of  Mohammed Saneem as Supervisor of Elections since he clearly fails to meet the minimum requirements of the post as advertised by the regime in September last year.

The advertisement required the applicant to have “at least 15 years’ experience in conducting national elections”. 

It is highly unlikely that Saneem has had more than a couple of years in private practice, let alone having 15 years’ experience in the conduct of national elections.

This appointment was clearly made to put the regime’s own man in charge of the 2014 general elections. FLP is surprised that the Electoral Commission has concurred with this charade.

Saneem was appointed by the Prime Minister himself in the absence of a Constitutional Officers Commission. So where is the independence? 

It is notable that when announcing the appointment, the Attorney General made no mention of Saneem’s qualifications, or lack of it, for the post.

Indeed, Mohammed Saneem does not meet any of the requirements of the post. He does not have the skills, the expertise or the experience to run national elections or even the Elections Office and its staff, as required in the advertisement.   

The following were the preferred qualifications for the post as stated in the ad: 

Applicants must preferably have at least 15 years’ experience in conducting  

national elections. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the  

necessary skills and capacity to conduct national elections in one day in a fair,
transparent and credible manner using best international practices.

 

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they have the management
skills to conduct the affairs of the office of the Supervisor of Elections through
transparent processes, put in place measures to ensure that staff recruitment
is based on merit and that there is financial accountability.

 

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they have the ability and a
plan to implement a structure within the office of the Supervisor of elections to
build long term capacity, skills transfer and career paths.

Relevant tertiary qualifications are also necessary.”