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Ex Radio New Zealand International…..Fiji’s registered parties are planning legal action to effect a redesign of the ballot papers

Fiji parties challenge ballot design

Updated at 1:25 pm today

Fiji’s registered parties are planning legal action to effect a redesign of the ballot papers for the planned general election in September.

The Electoral Office has abided by an electoral decree which states the papers can only refer to candidates by an assigned number, and must not feature names or party symbols.

The Labour Party and National Federation Party say the design is an obstacle to free and fair elections.

The leader of the NFP, Biman Prasad, says voters cannot make informed decisions in the voting booth if names and symbols are absent.

“Now if you reduce the ballot paper and the candidates to just numbers you are not giving the voters a fair chance of voting for a candidate which belongs to a particular party and which is identified with a particular leader.”

Biman Prasad says the party may take legal action to challenge the decree.


8 thoughts on “Ex Radio New Zealand International…..Fiji’s registered parties are planning legal action to effect a redesign of the ballot papers

  1. Some bastards are traumatized of todays verdict on Mr Chaudhry. what a bad weekend for the poor assholes .

  2. The letter below is worth reading.

    The Editor
    Fiji Sun

    Article 23 (3) (b) of the 2013 Constitution confers on every Fiji citizen of the age of 18 and above and who has registered as a voter the right to cast his or her vote by secret ballot in elections to parliament.

    Concomitantly, this obligates the state through the electoral commission and the office of the supervisor of elections to enable every duly registered voter to exercise this right.
    Restricting the voter to making his or her choice by ticking a set of three numerals may not actually be sensible and just in all cases. It is undemocratic. It is not performing one’s statutory duty in good faith.

    Consider for example those who cannot easily remember numbers but who can read a name or recognize a photograph. If any of these voters is unable to cast one’s vote correctly because in the voting booth he or she just cannot remember the number of the preferred candidate then the state will have failed in its duty in enabling that voter not only to validly cast his or her vote but also to make this vote count in electing members of parliament and through them the government.

    So here we have a situation where our constitution gives every adult citizen the right to vote, but the electoral commission, a state institution duty-bound by the same constitution to make it possible for every registered voter to validly cast that vote, may actually though unintentionally frustrate the exercise of that right out of an altruistic desire to de-politicize or de-ethnicize the voting process.
    For the voters, the fairest approach is to give each one a choice of three options: either place a tick on the candidate’s photo, or name, or the assigned number, in the list of all candidates.

    The double advantage of this widened approach is that voters are given a truly democratic choice and further, it will certainly minimize invalid votes.
    And identifying a candidate through his or her written name, photograph and number would be perfectly consistent with the way every Fiji national is identified in his or her Fiji passport.

    We have opted for the open list method of voting, which means that a voter is to pick the individual candidate of his or her choice, but not the preferred political party, which would have been case if we had chosen the closed list method of voting. This may explain why political party symbols cannot be included on the ballot paper to show the party affiliation of each candidate.

    Under the open list method, a tick placed on a candidate’s party symbol will invalidate the vote because it is in effect a choice of the party and not of the particular individual candidate. However, in contrast, a tick on the candidate’s name or photograph will clearly indicate the voter’s intention about the particular individual candidate who he or she wishes to elect.

    And from the candidates’ perspective we can safely assume that they will feel very strongly that their right under article 23 (3) (c) of the constitution to stand as candidates means the concomitant right to be presented individually to the voters as a person with a written name or photograph which the voters can easily recognize.
    I trust it is not too late for the electoral commission to consider this variation for the sake of ensuring a fair process both to the voters and the candidates.

    Just the other day, a close friend who is a graduate of Korovou and Naboro and who is now studying in a university at Samabula was reminding me that only prisoners and university students are identified by numbers!

    [Jioji Kotobalavu]

  3. Does the number give advantage to any single party?


    Biman should know that nfp will not get 5%of votes. Infact, he should be happy that people may vote for his party if there is no mango tree.

  4. Sure, legal action is most welcome! With full control over the judiciary the Hon Khaiyum will show these morons how to run an election. All those who are willing to waste time and money should step forward and file whatever they think gets them ahead in this game. But boy, they must be really stupid to believe that anybody in the judiciary will rule in their favour.


  6. Just like everything else the regime shoves down the people’s throats this electoral process is shoved through without consideration of the people’s views. This shows that either the EC, SOE and the elections department which includes its minister iarse of course are under the directive of the regime and therefore not independent or do not know how the hell to conduct a credible election or both. Manipulation is rearing its ugly head.

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