Fiji Labour Party wants a caretaker government to take charge of the process of restoring Fiji to democratic and constitutional rule. The call was made at the Annual Delegates Conference of the party in Lautoka.
Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said the conference emphasised that free, fair and credible elections could not be held under the current government and reiterated its earlier call that to ensure the credibility and integrity of the process, the only lawful and legitimate way forward for Fiji was to abide by the ruling of the Fiji Court of Appeal in April 2009.
“The conference noted that the President had the powers to implement the roadmap recommended by the Appeals Court and delegates spoke in favour of retaining the 1997 Constitution which had wide support among the people of Fiji,” said Chaudhry.
He said however some amendments and additions were considered necessary, particularly those relating to the electoral system and good governance These, Chaudhry said could be discussed and agreed to in an appropriately constituted forum similar to the aborted President’s Political Dialogue Forum of 2009. The conference also called for the involvement of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Union and Pacific Islands Forum to assist in the transition to democratic rule.
Minister for Elections & A-G Khaiyum responds:
“The Prime Minister has already set out a roadmap to the lead-up of the elections of September, 2014, and that has been the position that government has always adhered to. Also in any comments regarding political parties manifesto, that is up to the political party to talk on their manifesto to deal with it and the public. Its not governments’s position to comment on any political parties manifesto.”
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