Fiji Time: 8:04 AM on Thursday 30 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Thumbs up for seven

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, January 11, 2014

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party has welcomed the appointment of the seven members of the Electoral Commission.

Above that, the party said it hoped the commission stayed independent.

SODELPA general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said the party hoped the appointment of the commission was an indicator that the electoral legislation would be out soon and a Supervisor of Elections appointed.

"We have been campaigning and let me tell you, it has been an expensive exercise, especially when we have to cover the whole of Fiji, it's not easy," said Mr Tabaiwalu.

"We need the laws on election, how to vote, sample ballot papers and voter education to start as soon as possible.

"SODELPA has been asked these questions by people whenever we have gone out to campaign. We ourselves don't know these things. So there is an urgent need to get these things done."

Mr Tabaiwalu said the general election had been set for September but insisted a definite date was yet to be set.

SODELPA strongly urged the commission to maintain its independence.

"It is very important that the members of the Electoral Commission realise that.

"We as a party want to be dealt with fairness and equality and that the members whom the government say are apolitical, give every party the same treatment."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61450.5955
JPY 59.248756.2487
GBP 0.30390.2959
EUR 0.42940.4174
NZD 0.71770.6847
AUD 0.65130.6263
USD 0.47710.4601

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Final goodbye
  2. Suspended teacher to explain
  3. $114m highway opens
  4. Prison overcrowding
  5. $20m early repayment
  6. Unequal income a challenge
  7. PM tells villagers to take advantage
  8. Family support drives Isaac to pursue career in music
  9. Child labour worry
  10. Team works on road improvement

Top Stories this Week

  1. Nightmare Thursday (23 Jul)
  2. Deaths haunt 15-year-old Monday (27 Jul)
  3. Nakasi rape suspect in court Sunday (26 Jul)
  4. Dad dies, kids worry Tuesday (28 Jul)
  5. Three dead Sunday (26 Jul)
  6. Distraught mum recalls promise Tuesday (28 Jul)
  7. Where's the money Friday (24 Jul)
  8. Truck sinks into town road Monday (27 Jul)
  9. Flying Fijians spoil Samoan celebrations Monday (27 Jul)
  10. Court date for minister Thursday (23 Jul)