Newly-appointed Supervisor of Elections Felicity Heffernan has not taken up office despite an announcement by the Constitutional Offices Commission.Heffernan was due to start her new job in Fiji today but her arrival in the country has been delayed.
Commission chairman Rishi Ram said Heffernan advised the COC she would not be able to make it to Fiji on the said date because of adverse weather conditions.
Ram said Heffernan told the Commission by email this morning that recent heavy snowfall where she lived made it hard for her to move her belongings in time.
He said the delay was only for a few days and elections work would not be affected by this delay.
Heffernan, a lawyer with overseas experience, took up the job after initial appointee Dr Maurice Coughlan withdrew.
Dr Coughlan’s withdrawal came after the COC discovered that he had been disbarred for 10 years by the New Zealand Law Society.