Source:Ministry of Information (Suva)
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Most recent follow-up news item: November 13, 2018
The Government of Fiji has clarified the scope of the previously-announced Wednesday, September 17, 2014, additional one-off non-working public holiday in Fiji on account of the upcoming general election.
Earlier this past spring (2014-03-28), Fiji's Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, had announced that the next general election would be on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, and that this date had been declared as an additional one-off non-working public holiday in Fiji. This additional, one-off non-working public holiday in Fiji on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, was gazetted the following month (2014-04-24).
Late last year (2013-12-06), Fiji's Attorney General and Minister for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, had announced that the Government of Fiji was considering declaring a one-off non-working paid public holiday in Fiji, on the date of next year's elections, in addition to the previously announced (2013-06-20) list of annual non-working public holidays in Fiji for the calendar year 2014.
On the occasion of the previous planned elections in Fiji (2004-01-22), Fiji's supervisor of elections, Semesa Karavaki, supported by Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, had proposed that a one-off national public holiday be declared during the 2006 general election. however, those elections were shelved due to a coup, and Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has repeatedly announced plans to call parliamentary elections since then (2007-02-21).
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Fiji September 17 Public Holiday Update" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.