Five political parties are calling on the count to be suspended claiming there is evidence of vote rigging. The Social Democratic Liberal Party, the Fiji Labour Party, the People’s Democratic Party, and One Fiji issued a statement yesterday afternoon. It says they will not accept the outcome of the election because of evidence of co-ordinated and systematic electoral fraud. SODELPA member Mick Beddoes says all the signatories want the Minister for Elections, the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission to suspend all counting of pre-poll ballots and postal ballots as well as cease the verification of provisional results. “The tampering of ballot boxes, removing of ballot boxes from polling stations without being counted, the inclusion of large size files and envelopes in ballot that could only have been placed in it through the opening of the ballot boxes as they cannot fit in the slots provided on the ballot boxes, there are multitude of other incidences but these are just an explanation of few.” Elections Supervisor received the letter last night and says all parties are aware that detailed information needs to be submitted to the elections office in order for him to consider specific incidents. This has not been done. “Counting will not stop, counting had not stopped. Counting had continued since last night and it will continue as scheduled on a twenty-four basis until all the pre-poll has been counted. If there are any issues if any party has had, they should first raise it with the Supervisor of Elections. This is something that we have been saying from the beginning, since nobody has raised it to us, I will not give regard to any statement made to the media. Counting needs to continue. The people of Fiji are waiting for results and the Fiji Election Office will deliver.” All the signatory parties say there have been a multitude of corrupt and unlawful practices. However no evidence was produced to journalists gathered at the press conference yesterday.
Ex FBC News