Saturday, February 21, 2009

Elections impossible this year: Chaudhry

Elections impossible this year: Chaudhry
Sai's Comment
-Mahen is always at his best when he is speaking with a forked tounge as he always does as is the case here. We all know he is a firm supporter of the regime even if he has left it in order to salvage his standing among the cane farmers who are being denied millions of dollars in Euro dollars as a result of Voreqe refusing to rerun Fiji to a democratic government. All this rubbish about the Charter and wanting to fix the electoral law is just an excuse to hold on power. Voreqe just don't have the intestinal fortitude to go all the way and abrogate the constitution in order to achieve his dark schemes for Fiji. While the people of Fiji suffer, Voreqe pockets around $200 thousand in unclaimed leave, and raises the pay and cost of having an unneeded military. Mahen has been part of all this and no doubt will jump at another chance of reconnecting with Voreqe to continue the exploitation of the people of Fiji. Take heart people of Fiji, as the end of this regime is coming, and we all shall rejoice when they and their supporters are returned to where they came from in the first place.

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says there is no way the general elections can be held this year.

He said given the time needed to prepare and addressing issues in the electoral reform, elections was impossible.

And Chaudhry said this has been made known to the international communities.

He said it was therefore, vital to get on with the President’s Political Dialogue Forum (PPDF) so it could tackle issues revolving around holding elections to guarantee the country’s return to democratic rule.

He said talks to decide on the terms of reference (ToR) and the agenda of the political forum would begin mid next month.

“We have received invitation from the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and the meeting to discuss the terms of reference and agendas to be held mid next month,” Chaudhry said.

“This meet of political leaders is very important to the PPDF and the way Fiji’s democratic future is decided,” he said.

Chaudhry said the FLP had been given a name of the mediator for the political dialogue.

“The person is not a local person and he is very quite capable of holding the talks. We will not be disclosing his name,” he said.

He said the United Nations and the Commonwealth were talking with political parties, which showed that Fiji was working progressively towards democracy.

Asked if the FLP would support changes in the Constitution, Chaudhry said this was where the PPDF was necessary as all parties concerned needed to reach an amicable agreement on what changes, if any, was to be done to the Constitution.

With regards to fears of having Fiji suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum, Chaudhry said all parties, locally and abroad, needed to hold more dialogues and be understanding of each other.

He said this situation could very well be avoided given that there be more understanding on both sides, reasoning this was why it was important that the PPDF convened as soon as possible.

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