21 Mar 2014

Fiji Constitutional Forum confident in Electoral Commission

3:04 pm on 21 March 2014

The Citizen's Constitutional Forum in Fiji says it is confident the Electoral Commission is doing all it can to ensure people are able to exercise their right to vote in September.

The organisation was among several non government groups which met the commission this week to be updated on the Electoral Decree which will set the parameters for the election this year.

There has been concern in Fiji at the time taken to release the details but the head of the forum, Akuila Yabaki, says the commission is just trying to ensure the elections are free and fair.

"The staffing of the poll on the day, they have a lot to say about that, and the limitation given to the police. It's about trying to get more space, free space, for people to exercise their right to vote and push back any kind of interference superimposed by the government in power. I think they're battling against that."

Reverend Yabaki says he is impressed with the calibre of the Electoral Commission.