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REACTIONS Parties to study new electoral decree

Political parties voiced their initial reactions on Electoral Decree but would comment more after study. ROSI DOVIVERATA suva The Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, during a press
29 Mar 2014 08:11

Political parties voiced their initial reactions on Electoral Decree but would comment more after study.
ROSI DOVIVERATA
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The Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, during a press conference yesterday, made an announcement on major issues relating to the general elections.
While the four registered political parties had similar reactions to the announcements one party said they were rather surprised with certain aspects.

National Federation Party
The outgoing president of the National Federation Party, Raman Pratap Singh, said though the release of the Electoral Decree was late, it was still out.
“We have to study it before commenting any further,” he said.
Regarding the appointment of the Mohammed Saneem as the Supervisor of Elections, Mr Singh said he would rather leave it to the new NFP president to comment.

People’s Democratic Party
The People’s Democratic Party says they have been expecting the release of the Electoral Decree. Party interim secretary Sat Narayan said: “It’s good that it’s come out though it’s a bit late.” He said they would have to go through it before commenting.

Social Democratic Liberal Party
The Social Democratic Liberal Party has welcomed the announcements made by the Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday.
Party secretary Pio Tabaiwalu said the release of the Electoral Decree and the announcement of the polling date would give them a definitive time to plan. What we require is for the Electoral Commission to take charge of the process and map out a roadmap to elections.”

Fiji Labour Party
Like the other parties, the Fiji Labour Party will take time to study the decree to see whether it will meet the requirements of a free and fair election. Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said they were a little bit concerned about the appointment of Mohammed Saneem as Supervisor of Elections.
“Because of his close association with the regime; it would have been preferable to get someone who is seen to be independent,” Mr Chaudhry said.
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