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'It can be done'

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ELECTORAL Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young disagrees with critics that say a one day election is impossible.

Mr Young said the commission had spoken to experts and consultants on holding a one day election and more details would become apparent in the Electoral Decree which was being drafted.

"And obviously its is our responsibility to educate the public on the one day election and that will be one of our priorities to ensure how this particular decree works and how polling will take place in one day," Mr Young said.

He said he was confident that the way the commission had proposed the draft electoral decree, election could be done in one-day.

Mr Young earlier said the commission was reviewing the draft electoral decree given to the commission by the Attorney-General's Office.

He said the commission would finish reviewing the draft decree in the next couple of days.

Mr Young said the logistical arrangements of holding a one day election were ongoing and a challenge for the commission.

He said the commission would be talking to donors and conducting panel interviews for the key positions advertised.

Some political parties including SODELPA and FLP said a one day election was impossible given Fiji's population and the vast land and sea area.

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