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Hard to plan yet

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party says it is difficult to plan for the election without the announcement of the electoral legislation.

Apart from the electoral legislation, the party says the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission must be appointed.

SODELPA general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said they were waiting to see if there would be any change made to the Constitution by the government.

Mr Tabaiwalu said the announcement of the electoral legislation was critical and time was running out for political parties in the countdown to the election scheduled before September.

"We need to know the rules and regulations in order to go out and educate our voters on the election process, that is how they need to vote and other things," he said.

"We need to know the number of polling stations there will be so that we can determine how many scrutineers we should have.

"The earlier the legislation is announced and the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission appointed, the better it is for us.

"If they rush these things, then things will be hard."

Mr Tabaiwalu said voter education would be easier in villages but difficult in urban and peri-urban centres.

He said a lot of the education process would need to be done verbally.

"We also want to know what the ballot paper will be like.

"For example, if it will have 250 names, then how are we going to tackle that issue as far as voters are concerned."

While releasing the National Register of Voters last month, the Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: "The rules pertaining to the elections are currently being drafted."