30th International Maritime Organisation Assembly – Fiji Scrutinisers In The IMO Council Election
Fiji’s Chief Executive Officer Maritime Safety Authority Mr John Tunidau was selected as one of the two scrutineers for the election of 40 member’s states to the International Maritime Organisation Council category A, B and C. The election of council members is held every two years beginning after each regular session of the General Assembly.
MR Tunidau as a scrutineer was tasked with ensuring that the council membership voting (secret ballot) was carried out in a transparent and accountable manner. Furthermore, the scrutineers oversaw the process of elections and verifications of votes cast by member states with the IMO Director for Legal Affairs and External Relations Mr Frederick Kenny.
The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the IMO. Between sessions of the Assembly the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention, which is reserved for the Assembly by Article 15(j) of the IMO Convention
Serious campaigns were held by several member states vying for a position on the 3 categories of the IMO Council.