1 May 2012

Sayed-Khaiyum tells ministers Fiji regime won't amend public order law

3:02 pm on 1 May 2012

Fiji's acting regime leader Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has told Pacific Island cabinet ministers a decree criticised for restricting free speech won't be amended as Fiji moves towards elections in 2014.

The Pacific Islands Forum ministerial contact group met interim government officials this morning as part of a day of talks with the regime, political leaders and civil society groups.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says he told the ministers the Public Order Amendment Decree helped protect Fiji people but he welcomed an offer of assistance in the run-up to the polls.

"For example we are going to start our voter registration process and I said obviously we need to launch campaigns to encourage an awareness for people to come and register themselves to vote so they could participate in that. We also said they could directly get in touch with the Constitution Commission. They can liaise with them directly because they are an independent body."

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said some members of the group were better informed on Fiji than others.