The Fiji government's portayal of itself as the deliverer of democracy to the country is being seen as ironic.
The official website of the elections' office states that next year's promised election will mark the country's first democratic parliamentary elections.
The prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, used his address to the United Nations General Assembly in September to reiterate the claim.
But Sitiveni Rabuka who instigated two military coups in 1987 and was later democratically elected Prime Minister from 1992 to 1999, says it's an unbelievable claim.
"I don't know what they want but it is just nonsense for them to say anything like that, it is very irresponsible for them to be saying that. Some will say they don't believe what he says, some don't believe what they say but they won't say and some will believe."
A former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
Some media have also reported the government's claim including the regional news agency Pacnews.