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Free and fair elections

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, January 11, 2014

A POLITICAL party hopes the newly-appointed Electoral Commission will be the guardian of free and fair elections

The People's Democratic Party said the appointment of the commission was a step in the right direction.

PDP president Adi Sivia Qoro said the commission must be autonomous and independent of any authority for administering all electoral processes.

"As the apex body with the power of superintendence, direction and control of the upcoming 2014 election, PDP contends that all matter to do with the elections must now be transferred to the commission's office," Adi Sivia said.

"PDP urges the government to adopt a hands off approach for credibility and transparency of the whole processes.

"We will make our views known on the commission after we see the level of independence and authority enjoyed by it in conduct of their role."

"Now that the commission is appointed, we urge the commission to move swiftly towards the appointment of a Supervisor of Elections and putting into motion the election machinery so that Fiji can go to free and fair elections, which is the hallmark of democracy where the will of the people is respected," Adi Sivia said.