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SODELPA: We’ll Take Claims Parliament

SODELPA: We’ll Take Claims Parliament
Kawakawa (Grouper)
September 23
10:19 2014

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) intends to pursue allegations of irregularities despite the endorsement of the 2014 General Elections as free and fair by international observers.
The Electoral Commission, led by Chen Bunn Young, reviewed the allegations relating to ballot papers, seals and ballot boxes but said they did not have any merit.  The Multinational Observer Group (MOG) also worked closely with the Fijian Elections Office to ensure the integrity of the electoral process, beginning from pre-polling to final counting of results.

SODELPAleader Ro Teimumu Kepa intends to move a motion when Parliament convenes to create a bipartisan independent parliamentary public enquiry to investigate the perceived irregularities.

‘’This will be the first test of transparency and accountability for the Bainimarama Government. If their victory is legitimate, they have nothing to fear from such an enquiry,’’ she said.

Ro Teimumu, described SODELPA’s results at the polls as ‘disappointing,’ but insisted they still prevented FijiFirst from winning all seats. She is likely to be named Leader of the Opposition when Parliament convenes on October 5.  She will lead 15 SODELPA parliamentarians and three parliamentarians from the National Federation Party (NFP).

‘’The long-awaited Auditor-General’s report will now have to be tabled as will all other documents and reports, and we will keep the people informed throughout. I want to assure the people of Fiji that SODELPA will mount a formidable opposition to the government of the day and ask that you remain steadfast in support and keep us in your prayers.’’

SODELPA’s stance differs from the People’s Democratic Party who have now distanced themselves from the allegations and conceded the elections were free and fair. The National Federation Party (NFP) has also indicated they intend to move on with their parliamentary work.

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