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UFDF: political parties should’ve had a say on electoral commissioners

January 17, 2014

The coalition for a Democratic Fiji says it welcomes the appointments of the Electoral Commissioners as a first step towards credible elections, but says it’s a pity the regime did not seek recommendations from the political parties.

The UFDF says including the input of the parties would have been in line with best constitutional and democratic practice.

“Consequently these appointees, some of whom it holds concerns about their independence, are all handpicked by the interim Prime Minister and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“This will place an additional burden of responsibility on each of them to ensure that they act with absolute impartiality and reject any attempts at interference in their work.”

The UFDF says the Yash Ghai Commission is a good example of another non bipartisan appointment that was supposed to be independent but it did not stop the regime from attempting to influence its deliberations and directly interfering with its work.

Source- c4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM


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