23 May 2012

Ousted Fiji prime minister says elections should be managed independently

12:50 pm on 23 May 2012

The Fiji prime minister who was ousted in the 2006 military coup says the attorney general's office and the military should have no involvement in the planning of the elections promised for 2014.

Laisenia Qarase, who is the leader of the SDL party, says the electronic voter registration process should be handled by the Elections Office.

He is also concerned that a senior military officer will be involved in a logistical team with Australian and New Zealand operational experts on planning the registration process.

He says the entire election operation will lack credibility if it's not managed independently.

"We are concerned about the involvement of a cabinet minister and the military personnel in the process and we don't now what will happen later on, it is only the beginning of the process the other methods we don't know yet."

Laisenia Qarase.

The provision of election experts from New Zealand and Australia flows on from the Ministerial Contact Group visit to Fiji early this month.