PM assures poll credibility

Nasik Swami
Thursday, June 05, 2014

PRIME Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama says the electoral process is completely independent with an independent Electoral Commission and an Elections Office that has dedicated staff members to organise and conduct the one-day poll.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said the previous practice of using civil servants to conduct the election was open to abuse.

“And we have reached overseas to recruit a team of international experts to avoid some of the fraud and mismanagement that marred previous elections in Fiji,” he said.

The prime minister said to ensure ordinary Fijian voters fully understood the process, a massive campaign of voter education was being conducted.

“More than 550,000 voters have so far registered using the new electronic system.

“And we have sent teams to those parts of the world where there are known to be large numbers of Fijians living to include them in the election process.”

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4 thoughts on “

  1. The notion of independence is a load of rubbish. If a scholarship is terminated merely for exercising one’s political right, how far do the electoral commission and supervisor of elections can be independent? when their boss is the Secretary of the Fiji Foist Party.

  2. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our dear brother, the Honorable Assad to his overwhelming victory with nearly 90% of the electorate confirming his rule. We aim for a similar result in Fiji and would appreciate your advise, Mr Assad.

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