12 Sep 2011

Fiji's CCF says interim government's voter registration plans are cart before horse

7:44 pm on 12 September 2011

A civil society group in Fiji says starting work on an electronic voter registration system is putting the cart before the horse.

The Fiji's Citizens' Constitutional Forum has reiterated its call for for the interim government to start inclusive and independent political dialogue as the first concrete step towards elections promised for 2014.

The interim government is advertising for expressions of interest in an electronic voter registration system and says registration will start early next year.

But CCF chief executive Reverend Akuila Yabaki says the public emergency regulations should be lifted first so there can be open dialogue on elections.

"It's a back to front kind of thing. People need to know how they're going to vote in order for them to be interested in registration. They have to have the will to be registered. It's a characteristic of democracy."

Reverend Akuila Yabaki of Fiji's Citizens' Constitutional Forum.