ONE of the largest political parties in the country, the Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenivanua (SDL), has labelled the new decree for political parties one of the toughest in the country's history.
SDL spokesman, Dr Tupeni Baba said through the new decree the government was making it very difficult for political parties to register.
He said the requirements of the decree were the toughest conditions a political party had ever had to meet in the history of any government in Fiji.
"There was no advice taken from political parties when the decree was formed. The parties should have been facilitated," Dr Baba said.
He said the SDL party was preparing well for elections.
"I think the support for SDL will be greater. People will support the party because they want a quick return to democracy."
During the announcement of the decree on Wednesday Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the move was aimed at creating transparency and accountability by political parties.