8 Sep 2014

Fiji's SODELPA cancels one of two debates

1:11 pm on 8 September 2014

A scheduled debate between Fiji's Prime Minister and the leader of the SODELPA party on the public broadcaster has been cancelled.

Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama was to debate Ro Teimumu Kepa on Friday evening, and it was to be broadcast on Fiji Broadcasting Corporation's Radio Fiji, One Domoiviti and Bula FM, followed by a televised debate on TV4.

However, SODELPA says there was no assurance that questions would not be vetted by FBC and the party suspects the debate would have been controlled.

A member and candidate of SODELPA, Dr Tupeni Baba, says the FM96 debate between the leaders scheduled for Sunday, will go ahead, as the questions will be taken live and direct to the politicians.

"That's what we want - no interference in the background as to what questions. Bainimarama's performance, even on the debate on his own constitution, he showed ignorance of certain parts and people are fired because they ask those questions, or allow those questions to be asked."

Dr Tupeni Baba says they would be happy to have the debate if the questions are live and not vetted.

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader Photo: RNZ / Republika