30 May 2012

New rules for mobile phone competitions in Fiji

12:52 pm on 30 May 2012

Fiji's Commerce Commission is for the first time introducing rules for mobile phone competitions following an investigation into a controversial popularity contest.

The Commission received a raft of complaints following a texting competition last year to determine the country's newsmaker of the year.

It was first reported that the Consumer Council Chief Executive, Premila Kumar, had won the title, but after an investigation it was found that the regime leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama was the winner.

The Chair of the Commission Dr Mahendra Reddy says the rules should end concerns about a lack of competition dates.

"There should be clear start and end date. There should be a clearly stipulated due date and time as well because you know with respect of text competitions, the time is well clearly stipulated so that people do tune in to that particular media to know who is the winner."

Dr Mahendra Reddy says the public has a chance to share its views before the rules are set in stone.