27 Feb 2014

UFDF accuses Fiji AG of interfering with Electoral Commission

2:01 pm on 27 February 2014

The political grouping, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, is calling on the government to stay away from the Electoral Commission, accusing the attorney-general of interfering in the case of a missing laptop.

The group's coordinator, Mick Beddoes, says Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is interfering with the election process after he called for commission staff to be sacked when a commission laptop was stolen earlier this week.

Mr Beddoes says it's for the commission to decide the course of action.

He says Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has not come to terms with the independence of the commission and wants to influence its direction.

"There is an electoral commission in place and it's their job to manage, prepare and run the elections. It's no longer the job of the attorney-general to be dictating what does or does not occur."

Mick Beddoes

The laptop has since been recovered and one person has been arrested.