18 Oct 2013

Fiji Labour Party wary of election preparations

3:09 pm on 18 October 2013

Fiji's Labour Party leader says the arrival of international election consultants is a step towards free and fair elections but history may yet repeat itself.

Mahendra Chaudhry says he is still doubtful about whether the election will proceed despite experts from Australia, New Zealand and the European Union arriving this week to help with preparations.

The regime has promised to hold elections next September.

Mr Chaudhry says the regime took little notice of independent advice when it came to the country's constitutional review and doubts things will change now.

"We will wait and see how this eventuates. You will remember that we had a Ghai Commission doing up our constitution and once they had done that report, that report was trashed by the regime."

Mahendra Chaudhry also says he is still waiting for the regime leaders to release their financial declarations, as is the requirement of any political party wanting to register.