Fiji Labour Party welcomes the Police Commissioner’s decision to mount fresh investigations into the 2001 General Elections.
In a statement today, FLP Parliamentary Mahendra Chaudhry said that the party’s long standing complaint which up till now was suppressed by authorities was finally given endorsement by the police.
“We are indeed pleased to learn from the police that full scale investigations into the matter will now be conducted following emergence of fresh evidence indicating that crucial documents pertaining to count results had mysteriously gone missing,” said Mr. Chaudhry.
Mr Chaudhry added that it was a statutory requirement under section 85(1) and (2) that ballot accounts prepared by Returning Officers of respective polling stations are part of the reports submitted to elections office as per section 122 of the Electoral Act.
“These records are not to be destroyed until two general elections have taken place, the fact that it has gone missing adds weight to our claims of cover-up by authorities to avoid any reconciliation of ballot accounts which would have easily exposed the perpetrators,” said Mr. Chaudhry.
Mr. Chaudhry said that they have always maintained that the 2001 General Elections were not free and fair as declared by the Commonwealth and the United Nations Observer missions.