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A-G: Fiji on track to elections

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, December 22, 2012

THE handover of the draft constitution to President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau yesterday means one of the processes in the plan to get to the 2014 elections has been completed.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji was on track with the Prime Minister's announcement to have the general elections in September 2014.

He said the draft constitution was just one of the many things that needed to be done.

"We have to be prepared for the elections — we have carried out the electronic voter registrations and, of course, the second phase in terms of ensuring that the Elections Office is properly geared up — things like ballot boxes, right IT systems, right personnel and, of course, civic education," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said this would only happen once the final constitution had been accepted and signed by the President.

"The new constitution will tell us what sort of electoral system we will have and then once we know that, the Elections Office can then prepare accordingly," he said.

"And that will necessitate the need to educate the members of the public on what kind of voting system we will have.

"So there are many things, there are many aspects of the whole process."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the drafting was just one of its aspects.

"The second aspect, of course, apart from the Elections Office, is as far as the constitution is concerned, is the Constituent Assembly," he said.