22 Mar 2006

Fiji's Election Office has seen nothing of writ to stop May poll

4:17 pm on 22 March 2006

Fiji's Elections office says it has not been served a copy of the writ by the Fiji Labour Party.

The Party filed a writ asking the High Court to delay or postpone the general elections until the Elections Office complies with all sections of the electoral laws.

Among the complaints raised by the party are the substantial errors and irregularities in the voter registration process.

The supervisor of elections, Semesa Karavaki, says he has only heard about the writ, but nothing has crossed his desk.

And, he says it will defend any action taken against it in the High Court.

"And that we will be defending very vigorously at this point because in our view any application at all to stop the electoral process is frivolous, vexatious - and I think a waste of everybody's time."

Semesa Karavaki says he cannot see any substance in the claims which - at this stage - will delay the election.