Claims undermine electoral process
June 27, 2017 5:38 am
Claims of irregularities in the 2014 National Elections have no merit or substantial evidence.
This was highlighted by the Electoral Commission during their submission of the Electoral Commission Report and the joint report on the 2014 Elections to the standing committee on justice, law and human rights this afternoon.
The five political parties namely, National Federation party, Social Democratic Liberal Party, Fiji United Freedom Party, Fiji Labour Party and Peoples Democratic Party made claims that the 2014 National Elections had loopholes.
Electoral Commission chair, Suresh Chandra says the Commission invited the Parties to submit evidence of their claims to ascertain the accuracy of those allegations.
However, Chandra says all five Parties had failed to provide evidence on two accounts of request by the Commission.
He adds the Commission then came to a conclusion that these claims and stories about irregularities are without merit or substantial evidence.
Chandra says the current and previous Commission have spent considerable time and energy in this claims.
He adds these Parties allegations only serves to undermine the public’s faith in the electoral process.