18 Sep 2014

Bainimarama ahead in Fiji election results

5:11 am on 18 September 2014

The party of Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama has taken a commanding lead over its nearest rival in the election.

Nearly half of the two thousand plus polling stations have been counted.

Sally Round reports from Suva.

"Fiji First is nearly sixty percent of the vote in provisional results out one hour ago, it's nearest rival SODELPA is sitting on nearly 28 percent after some nine hours into counting. Nearly half the votes of the country's most popular central division have been counted but areas in the east have yet to reach 10 percent. Frank Bainimarama is well in front individually almost 100 thousand votes ahead of the SODELPA leader Ro Temumu Kepa. Fiji is voting for a new look Parliament of 50 MPs based on proportional representation."

Vote counting in Suva

Vote counting in Suva Photo: RNZI