Release draft Electoral Decree for public scrutiny

  • 17th March 2014
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Fiji Labour Party has called on the Electoral Commission to release the draft Electoral Decree for comments from political parties and the public.

 “Why is the draft decree being kept so secret?” asked Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry, in response to a statement from Electoral Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young that the Commission was reviewing the draft electoral decree given to it by the Attorney General’s office.

 Mr Chaudhry said the Commission should be inviting comments from the people on the draft decree particularly from political parties which had practical knowledge of such matters.

 “The rapport between the Electoral Commission and the regime to the exclusion of the rest of the community is a matter of concern to us,” Mr Chaudhry said.

 He said the Fiji Labour Party had asked for a meeting with the Commission to discuss these matters but was still waiting.

On the matter of the missing laptop that contained data on the national roll of voters, Mr Chaudhry said he could not see why such data was treated as “highly sensitive material”. It should be readily available to the people and must be put online.

 Political parties have been asking for soft copies of the national voter rolls to be made available without any success.

26 February 2014