13 Apr 2006

Fiji electoral objections dismissed

7:57 pm on 13 April 2006

Fiji Electoral Commission has dismissed objections raised against two senior election candidates of Fiji's ruling SDL party.

Objections against the SDL's campaign director, Jale Baba, were based on the grounds that his company has commercial contracts with the government and that he is facing bankruptcy proceedings initiated by the state-owned Fiji Development Bank.

Objections against the new SDL member, Dr Tupeni Baba, were based on his residency in New Zealand for the last few years.

Radio Legend reports that the supervisor of elections, Semesa Karavaki, has confirmed that objections against the two have been dismissed after legal advice was sought from the solicitor general.

Objections against 15 other candidates throughout Fiji have also been dismissed, clearing the way for all 346 candidates who filed their nominations on Tuesday to stand in the general elections to be held from May the 6th to the 13th.

Political parties now have to finalise their preference sharing arrangements over the Easter weekend and file these with the Elections Office by next Tuesday so ballot papers can be designed.