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A-G Urges Voter Turnout

AQELA SUSU SUVA Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called on the Electoral Commission and Fijian Elections Office to facilitate that every Fijian registered gets to vote.
05 Aug 2014 08:20

AQELA SUSU
SUVA

Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called on the Electoral Commission and Fijian Elections Office to facilitate that every Fijian registered gets to vote.
“The ball is now in the court of the Electoral Commission and Fijian Elections Office, and that’s important that they adhere to procedures and systems,” he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was speaking after the writ of elections was issued by the acting President, Chief Justice Anthony Gates,
“This is the first time that we are going to have elections in our history where it is one person, one vote, one value.
“We are not going to have for the first time, legal enforcement of ethnic voting and we are going to have for the first time 18 years voting.”
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also took the opportunity to urge all political parties to work within the framework of the law set out for the elections.
“It is also the responsibility of the political parties and politicians that the environment we create is conducive to everybody expressing their free will.”
He said people should be free to exercise their will and not feel intimidated.
To civil society organisations Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said:
“There are certain elements like the NGO’s who are not adhering to the provisions of the law, we urge them to do that too – it’s not time to play mickey mouse games.”

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj




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