Fiji

Fiji is scheduled to hold its next general elections in 2018. According to the 2013 Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, the next General Election may not be held until at least three [3] years and six [6] months after the first sitting of parliament, after the last General Election.  The last General Election was on 17 September 2014, and first parliament sitting was on the 6 October 2014 after the last General Election.

The writ for elections was issued on the 1st of October 2018. Following this the last day for the receipt of a nomination of a candidate for election to Parliament is the 15th of October 2018. Polling must then commence no later than 30 days after the last day for the receipt of nominations, which is the 14th of November 2018. 

Key dates in lead up to elections are as follows:

  • October 2, 2018, the candidate nominations open at 8am
  • October 15, 2018, the candidate nominations close at 12pm
  • October 16, 2018, candidate nominations withdrawals by 12pm
  • October 16, 2018, candidate nominations objections and appeals close by 4pm
  • October 19, 2018, National candidate ball draw or earlier as determined by the Fijian Elections Office
  • October 24, 2018, postal voting applications close by 5pm
  • November 5, 2018, pre-poll voting begins
  • November 10, 2018, pre-poll voting ends
  • November 12, 2018, media blackout on campaigning commences at 7.30am
  • November 14, 2018, is the Election Day and voting will be from 7.30am to 6pm and in the night the provisional results will be progressively released from 6pm

According to the Fiji Elections Office website, as of 03 July 2018, eight (8) registered political parties are registered in Fiji, and set to contest the 2018 elections. The Political Parties Decree (2013) sets out the framework for registering and conduct of Political parties in Fiji. The 8 Political parties are:

  1. Fiji Labour Party (FLP)
  2. National Federation Party (NFP)
  3. Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)
  4. People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  5. FijiFirst
  6. Freedom Alliance
  7. Unity Fiji
  8. Humanity Opportunity Prosperity, Equality (HOPE) 

On 10th October 2018, the Fiji labour Party and the Freedom Alliance Party signed a partnership agreement, enabling the Freedom Alliance Party provisional candidates to stand under the Fiji Labour Party banner for the November 14th 2018 elections.

The names of 234 approved candidates from six political parties was released at the close of nominations on 15th october 2018.

56 Fijian women (24%) out of the 235 candidates are confirmed to stand in the 2018 elections. This is a slight improvement from the 2014 elections, where there were 44 women (18%) out of the total number of 248 candidates. 

 

Political Party

Number of candidates for 2018 elections

Number of women candidates for 2018 elections

% of women candidates for 2018 elections

1

SODELPA

51

7

14%

2

National Federation Party

51

10

20%

3

Unity Fiji

29

5

18%

4

Fiji Labour Party

25

6

24%

5

FijiFirst

51

10

20%

6

HOPE

28

17

64%

 

TOTALS

235

56

24%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates on the upcoming Fiji elections will be provided on this page as more information becomes available.