12 Feb 2014

Fiji election regulations to be out by end of month

2:58 pm on 12 February 2014

Long awaited regulations on Fiji's election are due to be out by the end of the month.

Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has told the Fiji media the Electoral Decree is due to be finalised by this weekend.

Sally Round reports.

"The detail around voting has been long awaited by political parties in Fiji who have expressed concern time is running out for them to get into full gear for elections promised by the end of September. But Mr Sayed Khaiyum says the lack of a decree does not restrict them from campaigning. He says people can expect the Decree to be gazetted after the Electoral Commission has had its input. But Fiji still awaits an announcement of who will fill the all important post of Supervisor of Elections. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says applications for that job are with the Solicitor General and he says consultations with the Electoral Commission will happen soon. The regime leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama who is standing for election is due to announce his political plans after standing down as military commander at the end of the month."