12 May 2006

EU observer team in Fiji expresses concern over general elections

9:54 am on 12 May 2006

The European Union observer team in Fiji, has expressed serious concern at the number of people unable to vote in the general election because their names are missing from the electoral rolls.

The head of the 40 member team and the former Hungarian deputy foreign minister, Istvan Szent-Ivanyi, says voters are deprived of their basic democratic right when their names do not appear in the rolls.

Radio Fiji quotes Mr Szent-Ivanyi as saying that one can only speak of a democracy when every citizen or nearly every citizen can cast their vote.

He says, therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide the opportunity to those whose names are missing from the rolls to be able to vote.

He says, otherwise, the elections are generally running satisfactorily.