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Complaints Worry Fiji Police Force

The Fiji Police Force is concerned about the number of complaints received in to election-related activities. Commissioner of Police Bernadus Groenewald, in a statement, said, “As the country is into
07 Sep 2014 11:05

The Fiji Police Force is concerned about the number of complaints received in to election-related activities.

Commissioner of Police Bernadus Groenewald, in a statement, said, “As the country is into its fourth day of pre-polling, I am concerned about the number of election-related reports that have been received from around the divisions.”

“As of today, (yesterday) September 6, we have received a number of reports  of election related issues, and as stipulated in the Electoral Decree of 2014, the Fiji Police Force will conduct initial investigations before the cases are referred to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption,” Mr Groenewald said.

“I am requesting all Fijians to exercise discretion and be mindful of your actions during this time and follow the rule of law.”

He also reiterated that there was no criminal case registered against former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase as claimed by Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA).

Mr Qarase is in the United States of America combining family visits with campaigning for SODELPA. Shortly, before he left he sparked controversy with comments linking numbers on the ballot paper with the Muslim holy book, Quran.

SODELPA leaders had reportedly advised Mr Qarase to remain in US to avoid arrest on his return.

However Mr Groenewald said this was not true.

“I can confirm that there is no criminal case registered within the Fiji Police Force against Mr Qarase which would warrant his arrest upon his return.”

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