1 May 2014

Fiji lists polling stations for September election

12:21 pm on 1 May 2014

The Fiji Electoral Commission has released a list of more than 1,300 polling venues for the elections promised for September.

The Election Supervisor, Mohammed Saneem, says changes may be possible by the movement of voter numbers.

More than 550,000 voters have been registered and four parties have so far lined up to contest the 50 seats.

The regime leader, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, delayed the registration of his proposed Fiji First party after weeks of campaigning and amid a police investigation for breaching a decree and a law that could see him jailed.

However, the election minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who is not expected to stand, has already bought the party's internet domain name.

FBC News says Australia has conditionally accepted to lead the corps of election observers.

The registered parties have been critical of various aspects of the Electoral Decree, but to date none has been taken into consideration.

The Labour Party is also concerned that the immunity of electoral officials for any action and omission opens the way for possible vote-rigging.