19 Feb 2007

Audit of Fiji election said to have found serious descrepancies

9:07 am on 19 February 2007

An audit of last year's general election in Fiji is reported to have found serious discrepancies.

The interim minister of finance, Mahendra Chaudhry, alluded to the findings of a special investigation during an interview on Fiji TV.

A special team from the ministry of finance carried out the audit on the instructions of the Military Council which administered Fiji immediately after the December 5th takeover.

Mr Chaudhry says the auditors covered six areas in their investigations including how the 15-million US dollars used in the poll was spent and how the election was conducted.

He says some of the findings are very serious and would destroy the integrity of the elections.

But he would not comment further because the report would go to the interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, today who would decide whether to make it public.