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FijiFirst questioned on conflict of interest


07:09 TodayTaken from/By: Report by: Apisalome Coka

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says there’s no conflict of interest in him being the Minister for Elections and a political candidate for the FijiFirst movement. He was questioned by voters at a rally in Nakorovou in Rewa which has been a strong-hold of the Social Democratic Liberal Party. Rewa Chief Ro Filipe Tuisawau was part of the audience at Nakorovu.“Mr Khaiyum I would like to ask you, you know you are the general secretary of the party but you the Minister for elections, isn’t that conflict of interest, you are in charge of elections but you are the general secretary of the FijiFirst, your interest is in the party and you are also supervising the supervisor of elections, I can’t see, how that can happen”In response Sayed-Khayium says his dual roles do not overlap.“I’m not the one supervising the supervisor of elections, in fact the Minister supervisor for elections in 2001 and 2006 was Laisenia Qarase, he was the Minister responsible for elections,the Minister responsible for elections before that was Sitiveni Rabuka, both of them were leaders of their parties.”He adds while the operations of the elections office are funded by the state – there are NO strings attached.“I don’t tell them what to do, the money that the Fijian government gives to the elections office comes to the Minister responsible for elections, because it is your money, so the permanent secretary has to sign out for it, the supervisor of elections is supervised by the electoral commission.”FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama as been holding campaign rallies in various parts of Viti Levu. –

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One thought on “FijiFirst questioned on conflict of interest

  1. It is when you have track record of making unilateral changes to laws and installing a constitution that lacks the required representation of the people. At least Qarase and Rabuka performed those duties under the scrutiny of representative parliament and freer media

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