13 Jan 2014

Fiji Electoral Commission member optimistic

7:35 pm on 13 January 2014

A member of Fiji's newly-formed Electoral Commission, Vijay Naidu, says he is looking forward to a democratically-elected Government.

The government recently announced a seven member commission, headed by former president of the Fiji Law Society Chen Bunn Young, to supervise the elections promised for September.

An elections supervisor is yet to be announced.

Professor Naidu, of the University of the South Pacific, says one of the commission's first steps will be to establish its Terms of Reference.

"What we want to do is move as smoothly and as quickly towards a general election. Timing is of the essence here and we need to facilitate this process and I think the next stage is to get a supervisor of the elections in place and set up the electoral office and we move forward."

Vijay Naidu says all the people elected to the commission have integrity and are independent of the Government.

He says he feels optimistic that elections will go ahead as the Government has made a commitment to the international community.