23 Feb 2010

Petition calls for Fiji election this year

9:54 am on 23 February 2010

A petition calling for elections to be held in Fiji this year has been submitted to the military-led regime in Suva.

The petition, which organisers say has the support of more than 600,000 people, demands a return to democracy before the 2014 date planned by interim leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

One of the organisers, Suliasi Daunitutu, says people in Fiji have endured a lot since the coup in 2006, and are voicing their support for elections.

He says people are afraid to express that openly, so it's being done through various political parties.

Mr Daunitutu says the leaders of the Fiji Labour, SDL and National Federation parties submitted a list of their members to be included in the petition.