Fiji Court Rules Against Electoral Commission

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Preceding steps toward election ruled valid by High Court

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 25, 2014) – A Fiji court has ruled against Fiji's Electoral Commission finding a crucial step towards next month's election is valid.

The body which is overseeing the country's first polls since the 2006 coup sought a declaration from the High Court that the Supervisor of Elections had erred over a decision on candidates for the election.

FBC news reports the Commission also wanted the court to declare invalid the drawing of the National Candidate List at the weekend.

Commission members boycotted the draw on Saturday which involved allocating numbers to the 248 election candidates.

The broadcaster reports the court also dismissed the Commission's application to include Labour's Steven Singh in the candidates list and remove that of Parveen Kumar of the regime-backed FijiFirst party.

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