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
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.