2 Dec 2013

Doubts linger in Fiji on elections says former PM

7:11 am on 2 December 2013

The leader of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry, says there is very little happening on the ground in Fiji in preparation for elections and he says that's creating doubts an election will be held.

Commonwealth Heads of Government last month urged Fiji to rapidly set up an independent electoral commission, a body provided for under the country's new constitution.

Mr Chaudhry says he's been involved in at least six elections and Fiji is behind in preparations for elections due by the end of September next year.

"We don't have an Electoral Commission. We don't have a supervisor of elections. So much more could be done. We don't even have electoral legislation in place at the moment. So all this lack of preparation points to doubts in the minds of the people whether we are going to have elections as scheduled for September next year."

Mr Chaudhry says the international community needs to be more assertive and take stiff measures against Fiji as things are still up in the air.