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FEO to consider party symbol request


May 29, 2014 07:31:35 AM

The Fijian Elections office (FEO) is considering the request from political parties to include party symbols on the ballot papers.

Electoral Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young confirmed yesterday that they have heard the requests from parties and they were considering these requests, though at this stage they can not confirm whether or not these symbols will be included.

“We’re considering it and we’re not sure how it’s going to fit in but at this stage it’s really too early for us to say definitively that we will exclude it or include it.

“But we have heard them and its something that we’re considering both the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission,” Young said.

The sample ballot papers do not have party symbols but numbers alone.

Political parties have been trying to convince the FEO to include party symbols as well to avoid confusion of voters.

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari


4 thoughts on “FEO to consider party symbol request

  1. We all know that the elections are a farce, designed to legitimise the regime’s grip on power. The diplomatic community in Suva has sniggered a lot about this and many jokes are told about the Rear Admiral and his intention to provide a level playing field only for himself.

    Every single aspect from ballot papers and ban on phone discussions to vote buying, voter intimidation and media muzzling everything points towards a clear picture: The opposition will not have the slightest chance to win even a seat in parliament. The Rear Admiral has made it very clear: He wants to win all votes and what a dictator wants he can get.

    So what should the opposition do? Make a list with their demands (actually Croz Walsh has recently provided a good first draft for such a list), give the regime a deadline to meet those demands – say until end of June. In case the regime fails to meet these demands, the opposition should declare an election boycott denying the dictator the much graved legitimacy. At least the opposition would not appear to be useful idiots. They would at the same time have to start mobilising their support bases to engage in peaceful civil disobedience and protest. This is the only way to change things in Fiji.

  2. From Fiji Village and what the Illegal AG said.. “The government has made it clear that the ballot paper for the 2014 general elections will not be changed.Attorney General and Minister for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has confirmed this to Fijivillage as he said this is one of the most uncomplicated ballot papers Fiji will ever use.”

    So what do you expect the CB Young to do??

  3. me wini ga o Fiji First – thats the Aim for this democratic election- which is the most obvious rationale for the way the election process are building up.

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