Thursday, October 30, 2008

NFP dialogue submission targets quick poll

NFP dialogue submission targets quick poll - 30/10/2008

Election reforms will not be part of the submissions to be made to the Fiji interim Government on the terms of reference for the President’s Dialogue Forum, says the National Federation Party.

The country’s oldest political party said it had been given five weeks to make their submissions to the chairs - Dr Sitiveni Halapua and Robin Nair.

“General elections and how soon it should commence will top our list,” said NFP president Raman Singh.

Singh said NFP’s management board would meet to discuss issues other matters it hoped to see addressed during the proposed Forum.

He said there was no way NFP would recommend that talks be held on electoral reforms.

However, he said, NFP would not object if any other party proposed the idea.

Dr Halapua and Nair have been tasked to formulate the terms of reference.

In the statement issued by the interim Government, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama suggested that if political parties wished to discuss matters on a face-to-face basis with him, they were welcome to.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Labour Party opted not to comment on the matter now and said it would consult members first before making submissions.

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