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Fiji First on the other hand took more than 14 months to collect its signatures.


[No 27 /2014]

[May 20 2014]

The UFDF said today that with 40,085 signatures on its registration documents, the proposed Fiji First would appear to be well ahead of the other parties in terms of support. However when one considers the manner in which the signatures were obtained, and how the outcome compares to the Fiji Sun’s weekly poll a completely different picture emerges

Firstly, one must take into account the circumstances of the four opposition parties. Two had just 28 days in which to collect their signatures while the other two parties had a little longer. Between them they collected 30,267 signatures. These were gathered by small bands of loyal supporters moving around the country, with no publicity or media hype or huge deployment of resource.

Fiji First on the other hand took more than 14 months to collect its signatures. This, as we all saw, was accompanied by a massive publicity and promotional campaign. There was lavish use of government resources and the hand out of millions of dollars in development funds and strategically planned government “road shows” to secure support for the proposed Fiji First. This included Ministers announcing their candidacy for the proposed party to add to the hype.

The May 10th weekly Fiji Sun poll has Frank Bainimarama as the 83% preferred Prime Minister and all other leaders collectively at 17%. And the yet-to-be registered Fiji First is the 64% preferred political party, while the rest collectively are at 23%.

So when we look at the signatures obtained by the two groups, Fiji First vs Opposition Parties, we must note that Fiji First has had 14 months to collect its signatures. The launch and collection drive were a mere publicity stunt to camouflage the fact that the majority of the signatures were undoubtedly obtained before they launched their party. The opposition had less than 15% of the time that Fiji First had to collect their signatures. Taking all this into account the following results emerge when related to the latest Fiji Sun poll:-

Preferred Prime Minister: The poll states that opposition leaders collectively have 17% support, therefore the 30,267 signatures their parties collected must represent that 17%? If that is so, then at 83% preferred Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama should have registered 147,774 signatures of support? After all he had 14 months to do it in and all the resources of government at his disposal! Yet Frank Bainimarma failed to achieve this and fell short by a staggering 107,691 or -73% signatures of support than the poll suggests he has.

Preferred Political Party: Again, if we assume the polls collective percentage support for the four opposition parties is 23% versus 64% for the yet to be registered Fiji First, then the 30,267 signatures collected by the opposition parties must represent that 23%. Therefore Fiji First with a commanding 64% preferred party lead, despite not being registered should have delivered 84,221 signatures. They failed to do this and fell short by more than 44,138 or -52% signatures of support that the polls suggests they have.

Authorized By: UFDF


34 thoughts on “Fiji First on the other hand took more than 14 months to collect its signatures.

  1. Sour grapes?

    It could also be said that as they had 8 years in government this give them ample time to piss off the majority which would have given the other parties an advantage.

  2. It is really embarrassing to hear this never ending whinging from an old fat man without any new ideas. Would you be so kind to tell us what your policies are going to be when elected into government! I have some suggestions for you:
    1. The 1997 constitution will be re-instated and all decrees of the dictator will be null and void
    2. The RFMF will be disbanded
    3. All perpetrators of the coup and anyone who aided and abetted the traitors will be prosecuted
    4. The retirement age will be 60
    5. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech will be firmly enshrined in an amended constitution
    6. NPF payments will be increased
    7. Chinese companies and individuals will pay their taxes as everybody else
    8. All procurement of goods, services and projects by government and state owned enterprises will be by open, tender
    9. Borrowing will be from reputable multilateral lenders such as ADB and World Bank
    10. Foreign investment will be encouraged through a true one stop shop agency to be set up in cooperation with the World Bank
    11. The sugar industry will be rehabilitated with assistance from EU and other development partners
    12. Mining licences will be tendered internationally and transparently
    13. Eco tourism will be promoted through assistance to local communities
    14. Minimum wage provisions will be introduced to ensure that living wages are paid to all who work
    15. State owned enterprises will be privatised through open international auction processes
    16. All international treaties (ILO etc) will be honoured

  3. Oh I forgot an importent one:
    17. All assets of coup perpetrators will be identified and given back to the government where they were stolen from!

  4. And another:
    18. All those who suffered from the coup (job losses etc) will be compensated and invited to come back to Fiji

  5. Who in UFDF wrote the above Statement? I think this person is either trying to confuse readers or is confused himself.

    Please explain how the Registration Numbers and the Poll are connected. From my understanding, a poll is conducted in some acceptable systematic way whereas a registration is just a registration. All a party requires is 5,000 names and they are eligible to register their party.

    Mick Beddoes approved this Statement? If so, then Mick’s credibility in analyzing these sorts of figures is really questionable. And he should apologize to the public for his illogical statement/comparison.

  6. Oh dear, if this is all UFDF has to say then good night Fiji! We may as well just accept Khaiyum’s rule and stop wasting time and money with this election circus.

  7. Go your merry way if you can’t see the connection. For some it provides background info to the high popularity of Fiji Foist and Papa Pig as preferred PM, advocated by the Sun

  8. This really highlights the pro-activeness of this group, zilch. Just a moaning bunch of losers that have nothing to offer Fiji other than a piss poor attempt at getting noticed.

    With this sort of rubbish continuing the present government should be feeling fairly confident.

  9. A lot of rubbish are coming from SDL and Mick – please focus on important issues and go out and campaign publicly…..enough of these stupid press releases on non issues!!!

  10. Anon@2.25.

    You are quite correct in your summation, however it would fair to say those ant-Frank rejects share a commonality in that they all take a polish bath after a very hard day of yanking their chain.

  11. I am ant Frank reject and my brother is a bug Frank reject. Do you readers notice that the semi-literate bloggers just happen to be Frank supporters?
    Maibee et is jarst mi imajinashun

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