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Risky journey ahead

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, January 06, 2014

A GROUP representing three registered political parties says the journey towards re-establishing a truly transparent and accountable democracy will not be easy nor is it without risk.

But, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji says achieving it can only come about with the full support and participation of the people.

The Social Democratic Liberal Party, Fiji Labour Party and the National Federation Party are the registered political parties that are with the group.

In a statement, UFDF said, "there is a need for everyone to dig deep and muster the courage and determination to take action in support of the UFDF's efforts to regain our democracy.

"Despite all of the odds against the possibility of a lasting unity among the mainstream political parties and unions, given the differences that once separated them, the UFDF has remained a united and cohesive umbrella organisation for the main opposition political parties and the relationship and co-operation between the group has never been better," it said.

It said its plans, although well advanced, cannot be finalised without the finalisation of the Electoral Act and the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections.

"The UFDF assures the people, however, that its member groups are continuing with their preparations so that individually and collectively, the UFDF will be ready when the time comes."

Also, it said the past seven years was not easy for people and it claims many citizens feared expressing their support for the UFDF or the individual parties that make up the group. It said every registered voter must muster the courage and stand up for democracy.

The election is scheduled to be held before the end of September and there are four registered political parties, including the new People's Democratic Party.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has states he will form his political party in the coming months and contest the elections.

The government has states it is finalising the electoral legislation, which the political parties are eagerly waiting for together with the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission.

But while waiting for the important legislation and appointments, the parties' potential candidates are doing their groundwork and visiting people in their respective areas to muster support in order to be in parliament after September.

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