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Decree for parties

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, January 11, 2013

A NEW Registration of Political Parties Decree will be in place next week to set new and internationally accepted standards of political party governance.

This was the word from Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday, adding that Fiji was on the verge of holding elections for parliamentary representation.

"My fellow Fijians, by Tuesday next week, we will put in place the Registration of Political Parties Decree which will set new and internationally accepted standards of political party governance.

"Indeed many provisions of the Ghai draft in this respect have been incorporated into this law," he stated.

He also revealed the government would publish advertisements tomorrow, calling for expressions of interest from companies wishing to tender to provide election material for the conduct of the 2014 election.

"These include ballot boxes, poll kits and other election-related items. This advertisement will also be disseminated through our overseas missions," he said.

"Letters will also be sent to our development partners through their missions in Fiji inviting them to partner in this process should they wish to," he said.

Meanwhile, the draft constitution — to be amended by a government legal team — will be available for deliberation by the end of this month.

"The Constituent Assembly is to have its first sitting in February 2013. We expect, as announced last year, that a new Constitution should be in place by March of this year," Commodore Bainimarama said.

"To those who have been commenting on the Ghai Draft, these are readily available through the internet and indeed all the 599 copies that were printed by the Ghai Commission will be distributed during the Constituent Assembly process," he concluded.


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