3 Jul 2013

Fiji regime gives indication of elections date

8:40 pm on 3 July 2013

Fiji's Minister Responsible for the Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says Elections will be held by September the 30th next year.

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reports that Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the statement at a press conference today in Suva.

It follows recent concerns raised by a political grouping, the United Front For a Democratic Fiji, that the regime may defer the electoral process beyond 2014 by delaying the completion of a new constitution.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the regime's new constitution will be ready soon but didn't give any specific dates.

In January, Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced that the constitution would be in place by the end of March.

The Commodore is yet to formalise his candidacy in next year's elections, but has said he is expected to win.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says government is working towards having only one day of polling and for polling stations to be placed in areas of high population.