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Observers Mum On Allegations

Observers Mum On Allegations
From left; father Rohit Chand, Rishikul Nadera Primary School Dux Rishnav Anshul Chand, Mother Anjina Chand and younger brother Reyansh Chand. Photo: Ashna Kumar
September 19
10:47 2014

The Multinational Observer Group (MOG) has refused to comment on allegations of electoral irregularities by various political parties.

Last night, the MOG group met party leaders Ro Teimumu Kepa (Social Democratic Liberal Party), Lynda Tabuya (People’s Democratic Party), Filimone Vosarogo (One Fiji Party), Mahendra Chaudhry and Lavinia Padarath (Fiji Labour Party) and Tupou Draunidalo (National Federation Party) at the Vodafone Arena. When approached for comment after the meeting, an observer representative said, ‘’Sorry no comments. We’ve already done our media for the day.’’

Earlier, the MOG had publicly issued a preliminary statement saying the Fijian electoral process was on track to being ‘free and fair’. (See full details on page 11)

However, PDP president Lynda Tabuya said they were satisfied with the discussions last night where they asked the observers to consider the allegations from the various political parties.

‘Yes, we’re happy with the discussions which has given them something to mull over.  After we present our affidavits to the Electoral Commission tomorrow (today) we’ll have another meeting with the observers,’’ she said.

Ms Tabuya, a former state prosecutor and lecturer in law at the University of the South Pacific, was confident their allegations would be backed with credible evidence to the Fijian Electoral Commission today.

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