7 Aug 2014

Fiji Labour accuses regime of interfering in electoral process

7:50 pm on 7 August 2014

Fiji's Labour Party has again accused the government of interfering in the election process, saying the regime keeps changing the rules governing September's elections.

The latest amendment to the electoral decree places a two-year residency qualification on anyone wishing to contest the election, which the party's leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, has labelled preposterous.

Mr Chaudhry says the residency was unilaterally removed by the regime, but has now been brought back for candidates only.

He says it's clear the electoral process has been manipulated to suit the regime's agenda, and the Election's Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, should stand down.