Dirty politicians to be excluded from 2014 elections: Fiji's PM

13:16, July 04, 2011      

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Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has said that dirty politicians and candidates linked to past political instability will be banned from participating in the next election scheduled for 2014, state owned Fiji Broadcasting Commission reported Monday.

Bainimarama was quoted as saying that the new constitution will provide guidelines on who stands in the 2014 general elections. This was what he had been reiterating since taking over power in 2006 claiming that his coup would end involvement of dirty politicians.

Earlier, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told New Zealand's TV 3 that there would be no restrictions on who will be allowed to stand.

Bainimarama, however, made it clear that the constitution will be the supreme guide even though there are no clear indications at this stage what was being done about the implementation of a new constitution.

The Bainimarama government is adamant that the general elections will be held no later than September 2014.

Fiji's National Peoples Charter Advisory Council (NPCAC) was reportedly satisfied with the progress of work taken by the government to embrace the 11 Pillars of the Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress, while urging the government to be serious about its words towards the establishment of a constitution to allow for elections.

NPCAC chairman Josefa Serulagilagi recently said the NPCAC was convinced that the reforms emanating from implementation of the Peoples Charter for Change which are all mainstreamed into the Roadmap for Sustainable Economic Development and Democracy 2009- 2014, were progressing well on target.

Serulagilagi re-affirmed that they had accordingly encouraged government to fast-track the preparation of a new constitution, which will require time, resources and wide ranging consultations, for Fiji to be well on schedule for democratic elections in 2014.

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