Saneem: A-G acted contrary to the law

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Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. Picture: FT FILE

Former supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem says while resigning from his position, he had highlighted critical issues with the Constitutional Offices Commission (COC).

In a statement released on Friday evening, he said he resigned from his position because he found the process followed by the Constitutional Offices Commission lacked natural justice, good governance and certain members failed to adhere to the principles enshrined in the Constitution.

“I submitted my constructive resignation as Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections on Tuesday, January 31, 2023,” Mr Saneem said.

He revealed some of the issues he had highlighted with COC.

“I had highlighted several critical issues that I now need to highlight publicly.

“The obvious conflicts of interest of three members of the COC. This, however, appears to have been disregarded by the COC to my prejudice.

“The complaint lacked any substance and ought to have been rightfully dismissed.

“As a bipartisan constitutional body, COC’s fundamental duty is to uphold the principles of natural justice and fairness in dealing with any matter that comes before it.

“The COC did not consult or inform the Electoral Commission of the matter as is required and instead decided to leave the FEO to be operationally managed by directors.”

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