Dr Andrew Ladley, an international expert of elections, has given his assessment on how the regime is shaping up in its preparations for elections. He’s set out three criteria that he’ll be using to assess how fair the elections are. 1. Is the administration of elections effective and impartial, so that people can complain and get things fixed? 2. Is there a legal framework for voting with all the usual rights – universal suffrage and freedom of expression for candidates. 3. Do the conditions in the run-up to elections and of course on election day allow for equitable participation without fear, coercion and violence. Dr Ladley reserved judgement. It’s too early to say but he, along with many others will be watching and they’ll be reporting freely overseas even if they can’t be reported in Fiji.
Radio New Zealand 13 May 2014 Free and fair elections: how does Fiji measure up?