3 Sep 2009

Former Fiji leader says 2010 election could be held

5:19 pm on 3 September 2009

Former prime minister of Fiji Mahendra Chaudhry says an election could be held next year under an alternative road map that he and another former leader, Laisenia Qarase, have put forward.

Mr Chaudry and Mr Qarase are urging electoral reform following Fiji's suspension from the Commonwealth on Tuesday after the interim government refused to move forward its planned date for elections in 2014.

Mr Chaudhry told Morning Report an election next year would be possible if work could begin immediately on reforming the current electoral system and to provide proper constitutional checks and balances.

However, he said there is currently no political dialogue about such matters in Fiji.

Fiji was also suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum in May.

Mr Qarase was overthrown in a coup in December 2006. It was the fourth coup in Fiji since 1987.