STATEMENT No 23: BEDDOES SAID TODAY THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION IS BREACH OF ITS CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE TO PROVIDE FREE & FAIR ELECTIONS

DATE ISSUED:  August 31 2014

 

SODELPA CANDIDATE Mick Beddoes said today the Electoral Commission is in breach of its constitutional mandate as stated in Sec 75 (2) which is to conduct free and fair elections and the notion of One Person – One Vote –One Value has also been compromised.

Beddoes said that in TV advertisements being promoted by the Elections office, postal ballot voters are being provided a copy of the ‘Voter Instruction Booklet’ which has all of the candidates photos and numbers and therefore a postal ballot voter will have that in their possession at the time they cast their vote.

All other registered voters are being denied the same assistance or opportunity? WHY? Beddoes asked.

Beddoes said this act alone neutralizes the concept of One Person- One Vote –One Value and as a consequence the elections itself cannot be conducted in a ‘free & fair’ manner as is required of the Electoral Commission under Sec 75 (2) of the 2013 constitution.

Beddoes said that by allowing postal ballot voters the right to use the Voter Instruction Booklet, while at the same denying others the same opportunity, Commission is not treating all voters equally, rendering these elections unfair.

Beddoes said that on the Fiji One News Bulletin [29-08-14] it was reported that Election officials told Methodist Church Ministers that they would be given 2 ballot papers. One in case they make a mistake or change their mind?

Beddoes said the Electoral Commission needs to explain itself to the voters. How can we now be entertaining people who change their minds after they cast their votes? Surely once you cast your vote, that’s it? Valid or invalid that’s it.

By announcing voters will be given 2 ballot papers the commission is introducing the prospect of some people slipping in 2 votes if officials are not vigilant. Postal Ballot voters are given just one ballot paper, which means this is another unfair treatment of voters.

The solution to minimizing errors and invalid votes is to be ‘consistent and fair to all voters, postal, pre-polling or election day polling voters alike.

ALL VOTERS must be treated in exactly the same way and all voters must be allowed to have the ‘Voter Instruction Booklet’ with them as they cast their votes. It will minimize invalid votes, it will reduce anxiety, and all voters can then make an informed and free vote.

Beddoes has called on the Commission to exercise good common sense and for once make a decision that favors and assists voters by allowing every voter the right to a the ‘Voter Instruction Booklet’ handed to them with their ballot papers and which is returned for the next vote when they leave. Beddoes said it is a simple solution that will be transparent, helpful, just and the right thing to do to ensure free & fair elections.

Authorized By:       Mick Beddoes

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15 thoughts on “

  1. Is there no limit to the pettiness of Mr Beddoes.

    If that information had not been supplied with the postal voting package he no doubt would have complained that was not fair.

    And does he really believe that voters will be given two ballot papers before they enter the booth, of course not he is playing on words hoping some will not see the obvious he has purposefully omitted.

    The worrying thing is that this sort of behaviour could also be practised in an operational government at dire cost to the taxpayer. Think about it.

  2. Beddoes relax and don’t waste your precious fat reserves. This election will be a landslide with all seats in parliament taken by Khaiyum’s Fiji First. The Real Admiral has ordered this outcome very clearly and neither Beddoes nor any other opposition loser will change this.

  3. Mick, you may not realise that the nation is in mourning for the 45 soldiers that interrogated you once, but your election crap is untimely …you’re always waiting on the main chance, just like when we had democracy and as opposition leader you voted with SDL for some anti human bill….remember??. you should refrain from making political speeches ,or maybe ask for a postponement of the elections till the bashers are rescued ,to give more bashings here for “normalcy”. BTW you won’t win any seats, the unknown fellow from Fiji First will trounce you yet again/ iT’S ALREADY BEEN PROGRAMMED ON THE ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINE ULLU !!

  4. Hey Mick, you should have realised quite some time ago that the elections will be a total farce. Every single aspect is rigged against the opposition and in favour of FFP. The sensible thing to do is call for an election boycott rather than playing Khaiyum’s silly game.

  5. Mick

    Have you paid your long outstanding loan at NFP?

    Pls provide evidence in your next press release that you have actuallt paid it.

    Otherwise, pls pls stop being such a bad loser.

  6. “” By announcing voters will be given 2 ballot papers the commission is introducing the prospect of some people slipping in 2 votes if officials are not vigilant. Postal Ballot voters are given just one ballot paper, which means this is another unfair treatment of voters.””

    Most people would immediately know that this is so obviously not the case.

    Perhaps Statement No 24 is going to be titled ‘I GOT IT WRONG’

  7. The Peoples Republic of Bainimarama requires two ballots per voter.

    The first ballot is for Voters who vote for Fiji Foist, the second ballot is for those voters who forget to vote for Fiji Foist and therefore requires correction by the Fiji Foist party members, who as we all know, act in the best interests of their fat wallets.

    This way, we can all be sure that the votes will be 199% in favour of our glorious leader, the Rear Admirer Commonboar Frank Bainikhaiyumi.

    All Hail King Bainimarama and Princess Khaiyum!

  8. Please for the 1000th time. Let us boycott the election, organise a peaceful protest in all our towns and cities, get media coverage and tell the world, we will not be cheated again. Enough.

    A caretaker government must be selected, manage this transition phase and mange the elections. Please my fellow citizens. This is what we have been talking about for so long. Let us not take one more evil order from these sons of the devil. Wake up Fiji. March and tell this dictatorship, ENOUGH.

  9. MICK BEDDOES FUCK YOUR FATHER…FUCK TEIMUMU KEPA……U LOAD OF RUBBISH…WE DONT NEED U IN THE NEW FIJI…NI VEICAI NA SODELPA…MAGAIJINAMUDOU

  10. THIS ELECTION IS THE BEST ELECTION FIJI HAS EVER HAD…..AND THIS GORVENMENT IS THE BEST FIJI HAS EVER HAD IN ITS HISTORY….NO MORE ELITES….EVERYONE EQUAL…SHARING THE PIECE OF CAKE

  11. LAISENIA QARASE LUVENI MAGAIJINAMU BUTABUTAKO DARU VEICIAVIA VAKABIBITAKI IKO TU I VEI TAMATA CORRUPT FUCK YOUR FATHER KEI TAMAMU…SONALEVU…TAMATA CORRUPT…BUTABUTAKO LUVENI CICILEVU…QAURI…VIAVIA VAKABIBITAKI IKO TU I VEI TAMATA LAWAKI CA…..LAWAKITAKI KEIMAMI NA TAUKEI NI QELE…NI YAVAVALA QO O VITI MO QARAUNI IKO MAGAI JINAMU

  12. please mind your languange…this blogsite has stoop so low down to the toilet pit so please block it out authorities before it gets out of hand…may the good lord bless our country

  13. Tomasi… what if all was going as you had mentioned. – “A caretaker government must be selected, manage this transition phase and mange the elections.” wasnt that the procedure of the past? if the results were not in favour of the elites still.. then another coup?? thats what you call fair? voters basic rights are taken away after an election when their chosen government is overthrown, then the process of re-election (starting 1987) .. another wasted effort.. and another human right abuse.. BTW a lot has been said about abuse of human rights by Bainimarama government.. but what about the abuse of voter rights? are they not humans?
    comeon people.. lets follow truth – hiding truth behind falsification will be very detrimental to your children.. if you guys cannot see future for yourself.. think about your children.

    Vinaka

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