Poll issues

Former prime minister Laisenia Qarase, middle, speaking as a moderator during the political parties panel discussion and public forum. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

POLITICAL parties took a swipe at the credibility of the Electoral Commission and the Fijian Elections Office, questioning its capacity to provide fair and free elections scheduled for this year.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem vehemently defended the implementation of the election management system by NADRA saying they “have nothing to hide”.

Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chandra says the personal attack on him will not be condoned, adding he is “alarmed by the outrageous, unsubstantiated and prejudicial comments” by former PM Mahendra Chaudhry alleging the 2014 elections was rigged.

In a press conference yesterday, Mr Saneem said the credibility of the election would be answered once the process happened.

Social Democratic Liberal Party, Fiji Labour Party, the National Federation Party, Unity Fiji, Freedom Alliance Party and People’s Democratic Party held a panel discussion last night to thrash out election issues they claim the institutions are aware of, but have not addressed.

NFP’s Seni Nabou said there had been communication correspondence over the recommendations of the Multinational Observer Group in May 2017 with the Electoral Commission and the Supervisor of Elections’ office.

Ms Nabou expressed her concern on the many issues that were needed to be resolved before the polls.

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