12 Apr 2013

Fiji Electoral Commission will be established after constitution

12:54 pm on 12 April 2013

Fiji's Attorney General has announced that the Electoral Commission will be established after the country's new constitution is put in place.

FBC News says the commission will be responsible for registering voters and conducting elections, and will consist of five members appointed by the President, on advice of the Prime Minister.

The Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the new constitution will be in place, as and when the President and Prime Minister see fit.

Submissions to the regime's draft will be accepted for another two weeks.

Last year, the government decreed that the document be ready in late March, but then set a new date of today before abandoning that target date.

The Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has said he will run for the prime ministership and expects to win.