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Mr Naidu says it technically gives the government the authority to use surveillance on its citizens and monitor what they are saying about election issues.

Fiji Electoral Decree gives govt access to public’s phone calls and internet

Updated at 3:10 pm today

The Fiji Law Society says a decree provision allowing phone monitoring in the days before the election is open to abuse.

Section 63 of the Electoral Decree says any person is prohibited from communicating political messages by telephone, internet, email, social media or other electronic means 48 hours before polls open.

Violating the decree can result in a 27,000 US dollar fine, or 10 years in jail.

The Law Society president, Dorsami Naidu, says the provision was included to try to control the Fiji public.

Mr Naidu says it technically gives the government the authority to use surveillance on its citizens and monitor what they are saying about election issues.

“Though we won’t be privy to what our own secret surveillance people do, or what the government does, it’s open to abuse. Political parties and individuals can be targeted in the name of this decree, and that may affect the elections.”

Dorsami Naidu.

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10 thoughts on “Mr Naidu says it technically gives the government the authority to use surveillance on its citizens and monitor what they are saying about election issues.

  1. This is ludicrous what country in the world does this? Only in Papa Pig’s animal farm.

    A phone call or an email is a far cry from campaigning. What is wrong with these as oles?

  2. Fiji laws have and a certain decree currently does allow the government the right to monitor (read ‘tap’) phone and internet. So now who reckons they havent been doing so?

  3. @ Dinger

    Apart from say the UFDF crew, I doubt that the regime has much time to follow everyone else around.

    The numbers and resources required are too much for a 2-bit circus that Frank has.

  4. Lets reopen the gallows to put and end to the coup leaders,coup planners,rapists,murderers,bullies,misled politicians etc….ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  5. Come on folks. Why are you surprised with this kind of action. It was all planned to be like this from day one. There was no intention of staging a free and fair election! All processes have to be under the control of the regime in order that they continue their hold on power. The military, media, election commission, judiciary, civil service, police and all institutions party to the stage-managed election play to the order of the decree and Bainikaiyum was not going to abide by his own rules because he is the law! That is just the reality of things. No one has authority over him and his constitution provides for his supremacy along with the decrees manufactured by lawmakers in the illegal solicitor general’s office and illegal attorney general’s office. As said from the beginning, Fiji is under siege from this bunch of criminals! The country has been hostage to a dictatorial regime that has no intentions of giving up power to the people. The free and open democracy fantasized in rhetoric is just a con to deceive people that Fiji is changing for the better. Its definitely not changing for that course! What we are seeing is a change from a democracy that is accountable to the people to a democracy that is answerable to the regime and their military stooges. This stage-managed election is programmed for that new distorted order. That is why so many questions remain unanswered about the whole election process itself!

  6. Ashwin Raj’s statement on behalf of MIDA regarding Fiji TV shows his immaturity especially with his limited time in a leadership role, albeit for an organisation with a pro government agenda. He starts off by editorialising with personal opinions on the state of the country and its racial standings. Considering that statement was to highlight the so called breaches by Fiji TV why he thought it his right and his position to voice a personal opinion is dumbfounding. He obviously is not a national policy maker, nor is he a politician but it seems that by doing the dirty work of the interim government he sees himself as one of them. Poor Mr Raj. The remaining MIDA board should be deeply disappointed if not worried by this. His recusal or removal from MIDA should be forthcoming.

  7. The illegal and treasonous regime can screen it all if they must but they will not be able to stem the tide of a populace demanding change. At that level, no further communication is necessary. It will just happen.

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