14 Oct 2002

Voter apathy has marked municipal elections in Fiji

11:33 am on 14 October 2002

Voter apathy has marked municipal elections in Fiji's towns and cities over the weekend with just 25 per cent of those eligible casting their ballots.

But the National Federation Party and its coalition partners have claimed victory in six towns and cities, with the NFP on its own making a clean sweep of all seats in Ba and ten of 13 seats in Nadi.

The Fiji Labour Party has retained control of Lautoka with 12 out of the 16 seats.

The ruling SDL has taken all seats in the small town of Levuka, five in Suva, four in Lautoka and others in various coalitions in other municipalities.

The NFP leader, Prem Singh, says the party's victory confirms its status as a viable and vibrant political force.

But the Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudry, says they will take legal action against some results.

Mr Chaudry says this is because people living outside the towns were registered and allowed to vote, many peoples' names were not entered in the rolls and the names of some prominent Labour Party supporters were deliberately left out.