FI­JIAN ELEC­TIONS OF­FICE AWARDS Some­thing new har­vests ben­e­fits for IT woman

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Sadie Tu­naulu joined Fi­jian Elec­tions Of­fice (FEO) in 2014 be­cause she wanted to try some­thing new. The mother of five hails from Na­mukailau in Macu­ata and has ma­ter­nal links in Dravuwalu Vil­lage in To­toya, Lau.

Ms Tu­naulu was one of those recog­nised dur­ing the Fi­jian Elec­tions Of­fice awards at the Tanoa Plaza in Suva on Wednes­day night. Fac­tory Lim­ited based in Suva. “I joined FEO be­cause it was a new chal­lenge for me and also I wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent than what I have been do­ing be­fore. I wanted to do more and also for the na­tion as well. “One thing I have learned when I joined FEO was that we as lo­cals can do it. There is no need for us to be go­ing over­seas to un­der­stand tech­nolo­gies be­cause the ca­pa­bil­i­ties we have lo­cally is im­mense.

“I think FEO has shown that we can do it lo­cally and that we have ca­pa­bil­i­ties within us.”

Ms Tu­naulu said she wanted to see more women in the IT field.

“In 2014, I came in as the Man­ager IT and that time we were just con­cen­trat­ing on IT works. The chal­lenge was that there was noth­ing there,” she said. “We had to come in and set up ev­ery­thing. We had a lot of things that we had to re­design or im­ple­ment in 2014. So there was a lot of ground works. “In 2018, the new thing we were able to do was im­ple­ment the changes that we wanted com­pared to 2014.

“We were able to get a new de­part­ment which was the Elec­tions Man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tem de­part­ment where we were able to im­ple­ment a new tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion for the 2018 Gen­eral Elec­tion.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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