FLP requests for a meeting with Electoral Commission members
Publish date/time: 05/02/2014 [13:09]
The Fiji Labour Party has written to the Electoral Commission requesting for a meeting with the members of the commission.
Mahendra Chaudhry said the FLP wants to ensure that the elections would be held as announced in about six months time and that elections would be free, fair and credible.
Chaudhry said the Fiji Labour Party wants the Electoral Commission to take charge of the electoral process.
He is also calling for the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections.
The Labour Leader said consultations should also be held on the electoral decree as soon as possible.
Chaudhry also questions why permits are still needed for political parties to have campaign meetings.
The Fiji Labour Party Leader wants the Electoral Commission to monitor any vote buying activities, and elections observers to come in from the United Nations, the EU, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pacific Islands Forum nations.
He has also asked the Chairman and the members of the Electoral Commission to declare their assets and liabilities including those of their spouses and children under 18 years.
When Fijivillage contacted the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Chen Bunn Young, he said that he has received the letter and will discuss the issues with the commission.
He said that they will then revert to Chaudhry.
Young confirmed that the commission is currently busy interviewing all applicants for a number of positions at the Elections Office.
He said they are reviewing about 2,000 applications.
Another batch of advertisements for other posts at the Elections Office will be published this Saturday.
Police will comment this afternoon on the Labour Party saying that parties need permits to have campaign meetings.
We have also sent questions to the Permanent Secretary for Elections, Mohammed Saneem on when the electoral decree will be gazetted and whether consultations will be held with the parties.
Story by: Vijay Narayan and Praneeta Prakash