22 Apr 2013

Independent commissions will keep check on election run-up, says Fiji regime

6:52 am on 22 April 2013

Fiji's Attorney General says there is no need for a transitional government before elections because independent institutions will be in place to provide scrutiny.

The regime's draft constitution allows it to govern up until election day, whereas the earlier draft of the Constitution Commission recommended the regime step aside six months before the polls to be replaced by an interim administration.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the Independent Commission Against Corruption and a new Accountability and Transparency Commission will be a check on any misuse of funds or vote-buying.

"You can say well, because you are not elected once you appoint this commission somehow or other this commission will be tainted and I am going to tell you that once the person or the body is appointed they are independent."

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says people must trust the constitution.