15 Sep 2014

FijiFirst says other parties 'desperate'

7:14 am on 15 September 2014

A senior figure in the Fiji political party headed by the military leader Frank Bainimarama has described the campaigning by the other parties as desperate and immature.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General Photo: RNZ / Republika

Today is the final day of political activity before Wednesday's general election, the first for nearly eight years.

The Secretary General of Fiji First , Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, told Radio New Zealand that members of other parties were resorting to intimidating tactics.

"In fact the other political parties have their goons around. They have gone around slashing our posters and banners. So, a couple of people have already been charged for example in Vanua Levu. We've had vehicles vandalised, people's homes have been stoned, including some journalists' recently. That's very disappointing - we thought they would have a certain level of maturity but it also goes to show a certain level of desperation on their part."

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum of Fiji First.

The indigenous Fijian backed Sodelpa party says Frank Bainimarama runs the administration as if it were the military and he operates a dictatorship.