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Party waits for 'critical laws' on electoral system

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THE National Federation Party will make a decision on whether to contest the 2014 election or not when all electoral legislation are in place.

Apart from the legislation, like other political parties the NFP is also awaiting the appointments of the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission.

NFP president Raman Singh said in an interview with The Fiji Times that the party was heading towards the 2014 election.

"But like other political parties, we are waiting for the critical laws on the electoral system to be in put in place," he said.

"At the moment, we know what is in the new Constitution, which is one constituency and a 50-member Parliament.

"But we are in the dark on how the election will be conducted, what form of ballot paper will it be and how people will cast their votes."

When asked, Mr Singh said the party could only work out its strategy for the election when things are made clear.

He said the party could only explain its strategy to the people when the electoral legislation were in place.

"The party will have to make a decision on whether to contest the election but that will be when all the laws are in place.

"Tentatively, we are getting ready. We are holding meetings, forming committees and making the party structure strong," he said in the interview.

However, Mr Singh told the party's 50th anniversary celebration in Nadi on Saturday that the party would contest the 2014 election on its own.

"I want to clear the misconception or ill-information amongst some quarters about the NFP working with other parties for next year's elections," he said.