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Military regime says 2014 elections on track

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept.15, 2011) – Fiji has put out the tender for companies interested in registering voters for the promised 2014 elections.

The elections would will be the first to be held since the military coup in 2006.

Fiji Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the interim government was on track to meet the deadline.

He says the successful company will be announced in October.

Voter registration is expected to begin in January 2012 and be complete by the end of June.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the interim government had written to all countries with diplomatic missions in Fiji as well as to multilateral donors, informing them of the latest moves.

Meanwhile, Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says his party is still strong and is ready for the 2014 general elections.

Interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says Fiji will hold elections in 2014 under a transparent electoral process. He says Fiji's new constitution will be tailored to benefit Fiji and its people.

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