Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FLP ‘scared of polls'

By REIJELI KIKAU
www.fijtimes.com - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

THE Soqosoqo ni Duavata ni Lewenivanua is not surprised at calls by the Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry that it was impossible to have elections this year.

Party acting national director Ted Young said Mr Chaudhry and his party are election shy because of their consecutive defeats in the 2001 and 2006 polls at the hands of their political nemesis, the SDL.

"Chaudhry knows that the same fate or even worse awaits FLP if elections were held this year. He and his cronies will always prefer the indefinite deferment of elections until the hovering issue of aiding, abetting and benefiting from an act of treason is sorted out first." He said Mr Chaudhry and the interim regime would continue to manufacture excuses for delaying the elections.

"The SDL knows that we only need six-month notice to conduct national elections in Fiji.

"The people of Fiji must be returned their God-given right to elect their leaders, the right which was forcibly taken away from them by the barrel of a gun in December 2006," he said.

Ousted opposition leader Mick Beddoes said Mr Chaudhry's comments were an attempt by the FLP to get back into favour with the military regime.

"Regrettably, all we have seen so far is a continuous dragging of their feet with regards to the political dialogue process after the first leaders political meeting on October 28 last year."

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