A-G: Some restrictions to be placed on government when Writ of Elections is issued

Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FT FILE

Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections and FijiFirst party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says when the Writ of Elections is issued, there will be some restrictions on Government.

He said this in response to comments from National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad that the current administration should fold and a caretaker government should be installed in the lead-up to the 2022 polls.

Prof Prasad claimed in 2018 some government ministers continued to hand out cash assistance to people during the campaign period.

“I don’t know if they have any political morality or any decency left,” the NFP leader said.

“I don’t know whether they still believe in free and fair elections, then they should now go into a caretaker government.

“The government ministers should not be parading themselves giving fork and knives, sewing machines, the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama should not be opening bridges that should have been opened six months ago, and they should stop all this if they had political morality left.”

In response, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said when the Writ of Elections was issued, there would be some restrictions placed on the government.

“How are political parties conducting themselves in making representations to the ordinary voters, this is the question that you need to ask” the A-G said.

“When you go out on campaign, don’t buy votes. Try to win hearts with your policies.”

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