Fiji Political Party Wants All Restrictions Lifted

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Social Democrats says people are intimidated, party can’t campaign

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 19, 2013) – Fiji’s Social Democratic Party (SODELPA) wants all restrictions on political parties to be lifted.

"We want to start our campaigning and we want all restrictions to be removed so we can consult with our members and start our work," party general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu told FijiLive.

"We have been looking at the situation and we think that people are still scared to come up and speak to us so we need to sense of insecurity to be removed and for people to know that they are free to choose any party they wish to choose," he said.

He said as far as the party is concerned all their members are willing to comply with whatever they have to do in order to reach the 2014 elections.

Meanwhile, Attorney General and Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said everyone knows that there are no restrictions in place and an example of this is the recent public gatherings that have been held by political parties around the country.

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