Lavetiviti Issue 22

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GENERAL ELECTION

ISSUE 22

Lavetiviti

June 2022

2022 Media Handbook Launched In its efforts to prepare the media for adequate and accurate coverage of the 2022 General Election, the Fijian Elections Office [‘FEO’] has developed the 2022 Media Handbook as way of guideline for reporting this election. Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Mohammed Saneem said elections played an important role in the democratic process of any country and in undertaking its role effectively, the media ought to uphold the highest levels of accuracy, impartiality and professionalism in reporting. “This Handbook explains what the media can and cannot do, and provides

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key electoral information to help both local and overseas media to familiarize themselves with the election processes,” Mr Saneem said. “It is also paramount that media conduct its business within the legal framework and in compliance with international best practices in election reporting.” The 2022 Media Handbook includes additional resources such as international reporting standards, resources for reporting on gender and disability in elections as well as guidelines on identifying and verifying misinformation and disinformation in elections.

Page 2 FEO Launches Fiji National Polling Venue Directory

Page 4 CEA Workshop Focuses on Lau

Page 5 Overseas Voter Registration Drive Schedule


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FEO Launches Fiji National Polling Venue Directory The FEO has launched the Fiji National Polling Venue Directory which includes detailed information on the 1,468 Polling Venues that the FEO anticipates to operate in the 2022 General Election.

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Speaking at the launch, the FEO Director Operations, Ms Anaseini Senimoli said that the Directory was an initiative of the FEO to compile and publish a comprehensive directory which includes finer detail of all the Polling Venues such as the exact location on a map, the route to that place, boundaries, as well as the areas from which voters are actually listed to vote in those Polling Venues. “As it is, any person who uses this Directory will be able to find significant information about these Polling

From left: Manager EVR and Polling Venue, Mr Rangeet Chand with Director Operations, Ms Anaseini Senimoli and the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mr Mukesh Nand at the Launch of Fiji National Polling Venue Directory at the FEO Warehouse.

Venues, as opposed to looking it up on a map through personal research,” Ms Senimoli said. “To make it more accessible, the FEO will be distributing soft copies of the directories in USB cards to secondary schools and major libraries around the country while hard copies would be made available to major FEO stakeholders.”

The FEO has invested close to $30,000 on the preparation of the Directory which complements the earlier version that was launched in 2017 and had cost the FEO $200,000 at the time. Soft copies of the Fiji National Polling Venue Directory 2022 can be downloaded from the link https:// www.feo.org.fj/2022-general-electionpolling-venue-directories/.

EC receives vehicles The Electoral Commission [‘EC’] has received four (4) vehicles from the High Commission of India to assist in the conduct of elections in Fiji. “An election poses to be the largest logistics exercise that any country would conduct and such a massive operation must always be supported by the presence of logistics equipment such as vehicles for transport”, said the EC Chairperson Mr Mukesh Nand during the official handover ceremony in June. The Government of India had also assisted the EC and the FEO with the provision of vehicles in both the 2014 and 2018 elections.

The Indian High Commissioner, H.E.P.S Kartigeyan (second from left) with the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission,Mr Mukesh Nand (third from left) during the vehicle handover at FEO Warehouse. The four (4) Mahindra vehicles which will be used for the 2022 General Election operations.

“With the assistance of our international partners and the support of our local stakeholders, we intend to make the 2022 General Election a platform for all Fijians to express their will with confidence, security and freedom,” Mr Mukesh Nand said.


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Participants and attendees at the Area Officers Training at Southern Cross Hotel on 28 June 2022.

39 Undertake Area Officers Training A three (3) day training was conducted in June for Area Officers [‘AO’] as operational planning and preparations continue for the 2022 General Election. Whilst speaking to the 39 participants during the training, Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Mohammed

Saneem urged the officials to remain honest, impartial and apolitical in the conduct of their duties this election. “You have been tasked to manage the area office as well as the staff in your electoral area and you will also be responsible for the effective and efficient

management of FEO resources so ensure that you carry out your tasks as per the AO manual and in line with the FEO processes and procedures,” Mr Saneem said. Area Officers serve as a link between field staff and the divisional office

and are responsible for the implementation of operational plans within their electoral areas. The training was cofacilitated by Technical Advisors from Australia and New Zealand with more sessions to be held in July and August this year.

FEO pays out Allowance to Community Elections Advocates 44 communities around the country have collectively received $14,500 as part of the FEO’s Community Engagement Project in partnership with the UNDP. In addition, 44 Community Elections Advocates [‘CEAs’] have also received their allowance for conducting awareness sessions on election within their localities. Speaking on the Project, Supervisor of Elections, Mr Mohammed said the CEAs had done well in conducting voting-related talanoa within their communities and the programme was seen to be progressing well. “The CEAs are required to conduct a 15-minute awareness session on elections with their community members and depending on the number of participants who attend the session, the community receives a grant which

CEAs with their certificates after the Training of Trainers workshop.

will go towards any development activity that benefits their community,” he explained. Mr Saneem highlighted that making elections a topic of discussion at the grassroot level and arming people with

direct crude information was certainly the way to go for the FEO. The FEO and the UNDP aim to certify 240 Community Elections Advocates around the country and reach over 7,000 Fijians through them.

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CEA Workshop Focuses on Lau

The FEO conducted a Community Elections Advocate Training of Trainers Workshop for the Lau Province at the United Nations Development Programme [‘UNDP’] Conference Room in Kadavu House earlier in the month. While addressing the 17 participants from the 11 Tikinas’ of the Lau Province, Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Mohammed Saneem said community leaders would now be leading the ‘talanoa’ on elections and empowering people to vote this year. At the conclusion of the training, the participants were certified as Community Elections Advocates and they will conduct sessions creating awareness on elections with their communities in due course. The Community Engagement Project in partnership with UNDP forms phase two (2) of the FEO’s Know Your Election Campaign which aims to prepare grassroot level communities for the 2022 General Election.

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Participants during the Training of Trainers Workshop at the UNDP Conference Room in Kadavu House on 11 June 2022.

Voter Registration Team Departs for Lau

A team of 20 FEO staff were deployed in late June to the Lau Group for two (2) weeks to conduct election-related activities. These activities included Provisional Voter List verification, Polling Venue assessment, Pre-poll sign confirmation and Voter Registration.


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Overseas Voter Registration Drive Schedule The teams from FEO will be visiting various places to conduct voter registration in July.

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June 2022

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Consume online information smartly: Read the full story and not just the title. 6

Check the source of the information. Is the source neutral and credible? Is there evidence to support the claim? Is it a one sided story?

Centre for Credible Election Information

www.ccei.org.fj


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LAVETIVITI EDITORIAL TEAM

Neelam Prasad Manager Public Relations

Sheenam Chandra Marketing & Creative Officer

Ziyad Parvez CCEI Co-ordinator

Richard Nath Editor

Asim Khan Graphics Design Officer

Jennis Naidu Public Relations Officer

Jiuta Bogiso Videographer / Photographer

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Darshani Devi Photographer

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