- First candidate approved
- No charges for NFP leader
- Polling venue list published
The count down is on. Fiji is heading to the polls on December 14, 2022.
Nine registered Political Parties will be vying for a seat in the 55-member parliament. They are: All Peoples Party, FijiFirst, Fiji Labour Party, National Federation Party, New Generation Party, Social Democratic Liberal Party, The People’s Alliance, Unity Fiji and We Unity Fiji Party.
At the end of October, there were 693,915 registered voters, according to the Fiji Elections Office.
Nominations from political party candidates are now open. Nominations must be accompanied by a $1,000 deposit in the form of either a bank cheque or legal tender. Personal cheques, political party cheques or any other kind of payment will not be accepted.
This morning Independent Candidate, Rajendra Prasad Sharma became the first approved candidate for the 2022 General Election.
Meanwhile the Fiji Elections Office (FEO) has published the list of polling venues, with the Supervisor of Elections urging voters, government agencies and political parties to familiarise themselves with the locations.
Voters can check their Polling Venues by texting their VoterCard number to 1500 upon which voters will receive a text containing details of where to vote. This is a free service for all mobile networks.
NO CHARGES FOR PRASAD
The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed police not to lay any charges against Professor Biman Prasad.
Professor Prasad had been interviewed by police late last month in connection with a complaint from a woman that he allegedly indecently annoyed her.
However DPP Christopher Pryde says on reviewing the police docket, his office has concluded that “there is insufficient evidence for a reasonable prospect of conviction were the matter to proceed to court.”