19 Sep 2014

Fiji election fraud complaints pile up

12:32 pm on 19 September 2014

Five political parties in Fiji say complaints about electoral fraud have been trickling in from around the country.

But preparations are underway to settle in the new government even as final results in the landmark polls are yet to be declared.

Sally Round reports from Suva.

"The office of Fiji's head of state is already making preparations to swear in the new cabinet. A final election result is expected by Monday, and will more than likely confirm a landslide victory for Frank Bainimarama and his FijiFirst party.

The elections authorities have refused to heed a request to stop the counting despite allegations of widespread irregularities. Mick Beddoes of the rival Sodelpa party says it's not a case of sour grapes. "The incidents are widespread and the reason that we are only coming out now is because it's only now that the information is trickling in from around the country." The parties say it looks like systematic fraud and their allegations include ballot box spoiling, and no counting in some areas. They have been meeting this morning and are collating evidence to present to the elections authorities. An international observer group - in its initial report, said the election was credible and the result broadly represents the will of the Fiji people."

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