THE Constitution provides that elections must be held no later than September 30, 2014, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
And while Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has confirmed he will form a party before that date, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum neither confirmed nor denied his interest to contest the elections.
"At the moment our minds are focused on what we need to do to ensure all the right rules and regulations are put in place, that we have a successful conduct of elections," he said when pressed for a comment on whether he would participate in the elections or join Commodore Bainimarama's soon-to-be-formed political party. In terms of proportionate representation, he said like in any election, the preferred political party would get more votes and more seats in parliament.
"But this is a more fair elections. You may recall in the 1999, 2001 and 2006 election, a party like the NFP won a major percentage of the votes but they didn't get a single seat," he said.
"And the reason being the electoral system was alternative votes.
"In this system, as long as you get at least five per cent of the votes from the people who cast the votes, you are assured of at least one seat. So it's in proportion to the number of votes you get, that's the number of seats you get in parliament."
Hypothetically, he said, if a political party received 60 per cent of all the votes, they would get 60 per cent of the seats in parliament.
He said the fundamental principles had been included in the Constitution regarding proportional representation, single constituency and the five per cent cut off.
The mechanics of it, he said, would be put into the election rules.
"The fundamental principles need to filter through to the election rules," he said.