28 May 2014

Doubts over Fiji regime's willingness to cede power

1:04 pm on 28 May 2014

The president of the Fiji Law Society Dorsami Naidu says decrees which control rules around the elections suggest the regime does not want to relinquish power.

Government issued decrees such as the Political Parties Decree and Electoral Decree have been widely criticised for placing onerous conditions on parties which want to contest the election in September.

At the same time Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama has been accused of breaching the Political Parties Decree for campaigning and appointing candidates before his party has been registered.

Mr Naidu says it appears the restrictions don't apply to the current regime.

"I think they want to get back in power, it's very unfortunate what's happened because we've had coups since 1987 and none of the coups have been successful. Anyone who says that they were right, you know coups should have been carried out, need to get themselves checked out I think."

Dorsami Naidu says it's a big concern that under the Electoral Decree the courts can't pursue election officials for omitting any votes if it's deemed it did not affect the result of the election.