Suva: Fiji announced that general elections in the country will be held Sep 17.
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the country’s attorney general and minister responsible for elections, said at a press conference here that the Election Day would be a paid public holiday. Acting permanent secretary for Justice Mohammad Saneem will resign to become the election supervisor, he added. Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who came to power after a 2006 coup, has resigned as commander of the country’s military forces and said he would form a political party to contest the general elections.
Ethnic Indians comprise 37 percent of Fiji’s population of nearly 870,000.