19 Mar 2014

FLP denounces failure to release of Electoral Decree

10:42 pm on 19 March 2014

The Fiji Labour Party says it's concerned that important election details are being released by the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama during his campaign trail in the Lau group while the Electoral Commission maintains its silence on these matters.

FBC reported today that Mr Bainimarama told villagers in Lau that elections will be held over several days with polling taking place in some places before the main polling day and later in other places.

The regime had previously insisted that the national polls would be a one-day affair.

Mr Bainimarama has also released other details about how the September polls will be conducted.

The FLP denounces the Electoral Commission's failure to release the Electoral Decree and rules governing the conduct of polls, which it says puts other non-regime parties clearly at a disadvantage in the elections.

The Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry says free, fair and credible elections are not possible under the prevailing conditions.

He says the whole process is being tightly managed by the regime while the Electoral Commission stands compromised and subservient.