20 Jun 2007

CCF in Fiji says early elections welcome but prepare properly

10:54 am on 20 June 2007

The Fiji interim administration's intention to hold general elections earlier than it had planned has been welcomed but it has been urged to prepare properly for it.

The Citizens Constitutional Forum says an early election should not be an excuse for inadequate preparation.

The CCF's executive director, the Rev Akuila Yabaki, says it is important for the interim administration to ensure that the same mistakes made in the last election are not repeated.

He says there are things that need to be done to ensure the preparations are adequate and the process free and fair.

Meanwhile, the president of the Fijian Teachers Association, Tevita Koroi, says the sooner the elections are held the better because the country deserves to be ruled by a democratically elected government.

The Methodist Church's assistant general secretary, the Rev Tuikilakila Waqairatu, says the decision to hold early elections is appropriate and the church applauds it.