24 Apr 2008

Fiji regime admonished by Forum group over election timetable issues

4:15 pm on 24 April 2008

The Pacific Islands Forum Working Group aiming to assist Fiji towards holding elections by March has admonished the interim government for the lack of a detailed timetable on the progress towards that goal.

After the New Zealand lawyer, Dr Maurice Coughlan, resigned only days after being made the Supervisor of Elections, the Working Group is urging the Constitutional Offices Commission to make a new appointment as soon as possible.

It says the Elections Office needs this official in place quickly so its preparations for elections can proceed.

And the Working Group says while the Electoral Commission has recommended the electoral system be changed before the next election, the interim Prime Minister has committed to holding the election under the current constitution and laws of Fiji.