Fiji Election Commission To Be Established By Year’s End

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Attorney-General dismisses accusations of government delay

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 1, 2013) – Fiji’s Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the bodies tasked with overseeing Fiji’s elections will be set up by the end of the month.

He says the search is still on for good credible people to become part of the seven-member Electoral Commission which will direct the elections office and Supervisor of Elections, who is also yet to be appointed.

He has scotched claims the regime is using delaying tactics to retain control in the run-up to the polls which are to take place by the end of September.

"We want to have transparent credible elections which obviously requires making sure all the ducks are lined up, all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted which means perhaps spending a bit more time in respect of the nuts and bolts of running the elections office."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says none of the international electoral experts helping Fiji have expressed concern about the timeframe.

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