Fiji has four administrative divisions – central, eastern, western and northern. In the urban areas, the local government system comprises of two cities (Suva and Lautoka) and eleven town councils (Nausori, Nasinu, Lami, Sigatoka, Nadi, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, Levuka, Labasa and Savusavu).
In 2006, Fiji experienced its fourth coup in 20 years led by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. In February 2009, the Interim Government appointed Special Administrators with the mandate to carry out the powers, duties and functions of the mayor. CEOs were also appointed to take the place of Town/City Clerks.
In September 2009, Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth over its lack of progress towards democracy. It was only the second full suspension in the organisation’s history. As a result of this, the CLGF Pacific also ceased its work in Fiji temporarily until elections are held.
In 2012, the interim government agreed to hold free elections in 2014 and began the process of drawing up a new Constitution to pave the way for these elections.
Former Elected Women
- Pauline Waqaniboro – Labasa
- Lata Naidu, Sigatoka Town Council
- Kala Singh – Lautoka
- Priscilla Singh – Suva
- Anita Narayan – Ba
Women In Management
- Joana Adivukailagi Vatuloka – Suva
- Selina Rokowati – Suva
- Pritanshu Reddy – Nasinu
- Sushil Kumari – Ba
- Josephine Koroi from Suva City Council