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'Parties can start campaign'

Shalveen Chand
Friday, January 10, 2014

ATTORNEY-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has labelled politicians' calls for the electoral legislation and appointment of electoral commission at a quicker pace as a smokescreen.

Some political parties have stated that without the Commission, the Supervisor of Elections and the electoral legislation they can not prepare for election.

"People are already campaigning. As long as they are with a registered political party and of course you have the so called independents too who are also campaigning," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"They are already campaigning, its just a smokescreen really, the fact is that the position is being advertised, supervisor of election position has been advertised, the election commissioners have been appointed, you have 32 posts being advertised this Saturday filling in 230 positions, the Constitution is very clear on these things."

He said the media has a very important part to play in the lead-up to the election.

He added that if politicians do make such statement then the role of the media is to ask why.

The election which is set to happen before September will have Fiji as one big constituent and there will be no electoral boundaries.

Political parties, through the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, have said their election preparation is being hampered by not having the electoral legislation in place.

However, there has been no elaboration on how their preparation has been hampered.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said political parties can even have candidates in an informal manner but finalise their list when the time calls for it.

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