28 May 2008

Fiji's Electoral Commission says elections will take place

10:55 am on 28 May 2008

Fiji's Electoral Commission says it's sticking by its words that elections will definitely take place next year despite the interim prime minister's comments.

In recent statements, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has said a vote will not be held until a People's Charter is in place.

But Commission chairman Mohammed Sahu-Khan told Fiji Live that nothing will stop them from carrying out their duties in ensuring that the country returns to the polls in 2009.

He said the commission will ensure that preparations for elections is carried out on time and it is important for all those people involved in the election process to understand that the country needs a free and transparent election.

Meanwhile, New Zealand lawyer Felicity Heffernan has been chosen as Fiji's Supervisor of Elections.

She is expected to take up her appointment on July the 1st.