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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."





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