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Commonwealth To Decide On Credibility Of Elections

Issue No: 1026 21 August 2001

The Commonwealth of Nations will decide on the credibility of elections in Fiji. This was revealed by the head of the Commonwealth's 6 member observer group in Fiji.

The head, Sir Henry Forde told a media conference in Suva yesterday: We are here to consider the factors impinging on the credibility of the electoral process as a whole, to assess whether, in our judgment, the conditions exist for a free expression of will by the electors".

After the last election which the Fiji Labour Party won with a landslide majority, the defeated political parties claimed that the majority win was not acceptable to them. They later went on to organise the terrorists to overthrow the elected government.

It is known that Fiji's future in the community of nations lies with the way the political parties, the politicians and the army and police behave during and after the elections.

Many people, however, still believe that the key architects of the terrorist activity last year are still lurking in the background and are planning to strike the nation in a more violent and bloody manner. The key persons behind the terrorists have been former military commander and coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka, Police Commissioner Isikia Savua and numerous businessmen, many being ethnic Indians.

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