17 Feb 2014

Fiji Labour Party tells PIF group electoral commission needs more power

7:41 am on 17 February 2014

The Fiji Labour Party has told members of the Pacific Island Forum's Ministerial Contact Group it wants the Electoral Commission to fully take charge of the electoral process immediately.

Politicians met ministers of the group on Saturday during their two day visit to check on Fiji's progress towards elections.

They told the ministers the regime was still very much in control and this had to be changed with the immediate transfer of the election process to the newly formed Electoral Commission.

The Labour Party told the ministers the regime had failed to satisfy the expectations of the people for free and fair elections.

The ministerial contact group says there have been significant improvements since their last visit but stressed the need for ongoing improvements to media freedom, freedom of speech, association and assembly.