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No Voter Education by NGOs in case they do not spout the Governments line

NGOs need Electoral Commission sanction1

4:43 TodayTaken from/By: Fiji Elections OfficeReport by: Edwin Nand

The Attorney General’s Office says non-government organizations need to seek permission from the Electoral Commission before they can undertake voter education programmes. Under Section 115 of the Electoral Regulations, it’s unlawful for any person entity or organization that receive funding or assistance from foreign government, inter-government or non government organization, or multilateral agency to engage in, participate or conduct any campaign including debates, public forums, meetings, interviews, panel discussions or publishing any material related to the election.

Sub-section 2 states it’s also illegal to undertake any act which is assigned to the Eelctoral Commission or Supervisor –unless authorised in writing by the Commission or the Supervisor.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the Decree doesn’t place a blanket ban on NGOs.“The Electoral Commission is the one responsible for voter education but I’m sure the Commission wouldn’t mind partnering with various NGOs because a lot of them do get a lot of funding. But heaven forbid that if you let them loose, and they have a particular agenda, they can go out to the rural areas and tell people the wrong thing.”He adds this is the reason the Commission must have over-sight on any elections related work by any NGO.

“This is why the education material needs to be sanctioned by the Electoral Commission. That’s precisely why the provision is there. They can do that, and they need to talk to the Commission. But in respect of some of the other material, that’s why the restrictions have been placed. They need to read the law.”Representatives from the Fiji Womens’ Crisis Centre, the Citizens Constitutional Forum and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement have met with the AG’s office in relations to these restrictions. –

See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/19013/ngos-need-electoral-commission-sanction#sthash.cfAoFLWd.dpuf

28 thoughts on “No Voter Education by NGOs in case they do not spout the Governments line

  1. Talibaan wants compleete control so that only Frank can win. His ammo is jail opposition, suppress any dissent, gag the media, threaten NGO,s and continue to campaign without the limitations that have been put on to others.

    Register your party
    declare your salaries and assets

  2. Can Bainimarama produce his assets[audited account] from 2006 todate
    Can Bainimarama tell the public that he is a murderer
    Can Bainimarama tell the public that he has no money in overseas
    Can Bainimarama tell the public that under his con stitution he and his cronies are fully protected from prosecution.
    Can Bainimarama tell the public who all are funding for his political party.

  3. no real role for civil society organisations in the political realm under thug rule. only can organise fashion shows, sports competition, make film, organise carnival. welcome to the new and better Fiji build by Khaiyum.

  4. If political opposition, civil society, religious grps, public servants, trade unions and the media are being pummelled into silent acquiescence what chance in hell do voters have?

    Do not accept this illegal & treasonous status quo people. Shop around and demand change on 17 September.

  5. Khayium has full control of the country. Go Khayium go. Teach the i Taukei a good lesson. They made Indians suffer for too long. All Indians will vote for your party.

  6. This is a man with acting out of of a lot of fear. A dangerous man to follow. Whoever follows him will live and as they all do die through that fear.

  7. Khayium it our turn this time. Lot of good things have come to the people unlike other political parties who failed to deliver so pay the consequences. Khayium you full support of the Indians.

  8. no need for any voter education. that’s not needed. what’s needed is for people to just vote for Bainimarama.
    that’s democracy Khaiyum style!

  9. ABC breaking news.

    Rajend chaudary organised some good to heck Reserve bank website last week to look for clues to fight his father”s case.

    Rajen and his goons got piles and piles of economic data.


  10. My man Khayium will be the next A.G.after election for Fiji. My family is voting for Khayium.
    Many good things have been given to the people of Fiji- Fijians and Indians everyone in comparison to any government.

  11. Rajen you got a job when your father was P.M. This was nepotism. Got 1.5 million from India in the name of people who were terrorised but they never got any money.
    Time is great!

  12. Fully agree with what they are doing, otherwise the next thing you will get is these NGOs giving out driver education material without the LTA sanctioning it.

    Hold on, perhaps it’s not such a bad idea.

  13. Most of the senior officals of ngo’s are only trying to get cheap publicity instead of doing a worthy cause. Can they tell us if their service is free or they are getting a d figure packagev

  14. Again the sign of desperation surfaces! Regime does not accommodate critics of its unlawful, conniving and thuggery rule. Kaiyum is just showing to the world how desperate they are to control everyones thinking and belief. Their corrupted values and immoral behaviour is what they are wanting all Fiji citizens to follow. What a slack thing to do! This is why we have been saying all along to get proper democracy back. Nothing short of this is demanded. The way things are going, Fiji will very soon have decrees to outlaw and criminalise those who complain about their suffering! Only dictatorships want their views of the world adopted and followed. Thats not democracy and that is what Kaiyum is doing here.People in free democratic societies have liberty to choose what political doctrine and ideology to follow and that is what idiotic halfschooled AG is trying to stop here. Every step he takes to thwart criticism and opposition makes him look more stupid then ever. This is what you get with halfschooled fools!

  15. The way election is going.it is for sure Bainimarma and Khayium will win. The election’s office and every way the election is going the way of Bainimarma. Now with Qarase and Chaudhry gone their is no other political opponent.Anyone going against these two will be taken to court and send to jail. Now they are after CCF and it’s CEO.
    Khayium is making decree after decree to shut down everyone without public knowledge and discussion. Sad day for our country.

  16. Hydaar Shah

    Maichod, did your wife or sis eloped with a muslim. Maybe they don’t like boci’s.

  17. Fiji first party will win 45 seats. Flp 0 nfp 0, sodelpa 5.

    Absolute majority.

    Go frank go.

    Those who don’t like can kiss my arse.

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