THE preliminary cost of $40million to hold the 2014 elections in one day is excessive, says the Fiji Labour Party.
FLP secretary general Mahendra Chaudhry said no specific details had been given by the government on the cost.
"The $40m figure has just been plucked from the air. It's excessive for a one-day polling as far as we are concerned," he said.
"It can be done at a much cheaper cost but one-day polling is not desirable as a lot of voters will miss out on casting their votes."
Mr Chaudhry also asked how the government would man the 3000 polling stations during the one-day election.
"Assuming that if each polling station needs 10 people, it will mean mobilising 30,000 people for all the polling stations.
"And then where is the list of the polling stations? Figures on the cost of elections and the number of polling stations are just being plucked from the air.
"We just don't have the capacity to hold elections in one day. And asking other countries for funds to conduct our elections is a disgrace because it's a question of sovereignty."
Mr Chaudhry said the most important thing concerning the elections was that it had to be done by an independent Electoral Commission.
"We first need the electoral legislations and an independent and autonomous Electoral Commission in place to ensure free and fair elections."
He also said the FLP would call for expressions of interest from interested candidates once the Electoral Commission was announced.
"I'm keeping in touch with the constituents and our support is still there. But there is still fear in people to openly talk about politics.
"Wherever we are going, we get the same kind of feeling from people.
"They are sick and tired of certain things and they want a change."