PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has assured the United Nations that Fiji will have a credible election.
The assurance given by Commodore Bainimarama to the international organisation was yesterday welcomed by two political parties.
Commodore Bainimarama met UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York at the weekend and presented a copy of Fiji's Constitution to him.
He explained to Mr Ban the key provisions of the document and the steps being taken towards the 2014 election.
"After all the efforts we have put into preparing the ground for these elections, we cannot afford to have anything but a credible and transparent election. We must and will ensure that we have credible elections," he told the UN head.
National Federation Party general secretary Vishwa Nadan said the party welcomed the assurance of a credible and transparent election before the end of September next year.
We welcome it and that removes all the doubts in some peoples minds that there will be no elections, said Mr Nadan.
The commitment to an international organisation like the UN is not anything small and people should now be serious that the elections will take place.
We take it for granted now that the 2014 elections will be held for sure.
On the other hand, while welcoming the assurance, the Social Democratic Liberal Party said it had some reservations on certain provisions in the new Constitution, especially on the transition process.
The Constitution is not reflective of the democratic processes towards the elections like the freedom of expression, freedom to hold public meetings and freedom to march, to name a few things, said SODELPA general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu.
It is well and good that the prime minister is telling the UN that Fiji will have credible and transparent elections in 2014 but there are some loopholes in the Constitution towards democratic elections, he said.
Commodore Bainimarama also congratulated Ban Ki-moon for his outstanding contribution to achieving the Security Councils consensus resolution on Syria on September 27.