18 Jul 2014

Register of Voters in Fiji won't be open to scrutiny

12:59 pm on 18 July 2014

The Fiji Labour Party says the government's decision not to make the National Register of Voters public is further proof that the electoral system is being manipulated to deliver a pre-ordained outcome at the September election.

It says in March this year the regime quietly slipped in a change via Decree 9 that removed the requirement to publish the National Register and a registered voter's right to object to the names registered in it.

The Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says it's a radical departure from past practice and the Register will be assessable only by the State and through that, the Fiji First Party.

Mr Chaudhry says the Register could contain thousands of bogus voters but it won't be possible to flush them out.

The party has written to both the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission seeking explanations.