10 Nov 2014

Fiji opposition probe into election continues

1:34 pm on 10 November 2014

Fiji's opposition says it is still investigating alleged discrepancies into the election nearly two months ago.

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Photo: RNZI Sally Round

Straight after the polls, the Fijian Electoral Commission dismissed most of the political parties' claims of irregularities like unsecured ballot papers, ballot box tampering, broken seals and extra material in the boxes.

But a spokesman for the Sodelpa party, Mick Beddoes, says each party is collating information from all the polling stations and trying to verify the information by insisting on getting statutory declarations from those making the claims.

He says the opposition is satisfied there is a case to answer.

"The interesting thing is they're different locations and similar situations have been reported. That's what's got me to believe that there is something afoot here and we need to verify it because we appreciate the fact that if we cannot substantiate what we're saying then simply one can write it off as sour grapes."

Mr Beddoes says the opposition will have a report finalised within six months to present to the public.

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