A constitutional lawyer in Fiji says it's time for the government to look at alternatives to the current voting system.
Jon Apted, who was the supervisor of elections from 1990 to 1997 as well as one of two legal counsel on the Constitutional Review Commission which recommended the alternative vote, says the electoral system is not working.
Mr Apted says the alternative vote which was introduced in the 1997 constitution was intended to promote the emergence of multi-ethnic governance by encouraging the political parties to forge alliances.
However, he says the situation is worse now than that which existed at the time the commission made its recommendation.
Mr Apted says in the last election two principal parties emerged, each of which have garnered 80 percent of the votes of the two major ethnic groups.
And he says the high percentage of invalid votes at around ten percent suggests that the system is too complicated.
"It is time for us to look at alternatives, that's as far as I will commit at the moment. We've got to look at what's been happening, we've got to look at the alternatives and then measure it against our circumstances and what our leaders think is good for us in the immediate term."
Constitutional lawyer Jon Apted.