Politics

Party agents will stand next to count tables: FEO

POLITICAL party agents for 2018 General Elections will be able to stand next to the tables where officials will count the ballot papers at various count stations. Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem clarified this...

Poll issues

POLITICAL parties took a swipe at the credibility of the Electoral Commission and the Fijian Elections Office, questioning its capacity to provide fair and free elections scheduled for this year. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem vehemently defended the implementation of the election management system by NADRA saying they “have nothing to hide”. Electoral Commission chairman...

‘We have nothing to hide’

“WE have nothing to hide.” This is the word from Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem in regards to discussions by six opposition political parties at a press conference yesterday on the procurement of election software from NADRA Technologies Ltd, a foreign company. The parties claimed that the Electoral Commission refused to explain the involvement of...

Consensus reached

POLITICAL leaders yesterday reached a consensus that they would need to work within the law during the 2018 General Election after raising their concerns on the capability of the Electoral Commission and the Supervisor of Elections in carrying out a free, fair and credible election. A panel discussion was held by the Social Democratic Liberal...

FLP wants answers

THE Fiji Labour Party says Government must break its silence over the Grace Road Group issue and come clean on how the South Korean religious group was allowed to expand its commercial activities in Fiji. Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry questioned how the company was able to obtain a number of government jobs and contracts before...

Saneem refutes Chaudhry’s claims

FIJI’S Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has classed Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry’s allegations as “hogwash”. Mr Saneem was responding to claims made by Mr Chaudhry earlier today saying that the 2014 General Elections were rigged. Mr Chaudhry made the claims at a press conference in Suva where leaders of five other political parties...

Voter services centre staff reminded of consistency

FIJIAN Elections Office (FEO) Voter Services Centre staff members have been reminded to provide consistent, quality and fair service to all voters around the country. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem stressed this while opening the Voter Services Centre Staff Training at the Suvavou House in Suva today. With the 2018 General Elections drawing near, the...

Ram: People in need of change

FORMER secondary schoolteacher Dhani Ram believes that people in Fiji are in need of a change in power and he has the ability to bring about change. The 61-year-old is a provisional candidate of the National Federation Party (NFP) for the 2018 General Election. Mr Ram said he looked forward to contesting this year’s general...

NFP does not condone the use of race or religion as campaign tools

POLITICAL parties should not use race or religion as campaign tools, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. Prof Prasad said NFP do not condone any campaign along racial and religious lines. “We have consistently reminded all our provisional candidates to campaign on issues. Our provisional candidates are equipped with publications of issues that...

Report: Fiji’s credit rating may improve after elections

FIJI’S credit rating support may improve after the elections if policy stability boosts growth prospects. Standard and Poors released its research report on Fiji’s credit rating on Wednesday affirming its ‘B+’ long-term and ‘B’ short-term sovereign credit ratings on Fiji. In its report S&P said in the past few years, Fiji had been politically stable...

FEO updates political parties on election preparations

SENIOR officials of all political parties, except the Freedom Alliance, were updated by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem on the preparations towards the 2018 General Elections. In a statement, the Fijian Elections Office stated that the political parties were informed that the Electoral Commission would not be seeking further changes to the Electoral system and...

PM takes a swipe at opposition

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says many in the opposition are quick to criticise every Government program just for the sake of scoring political points with no concern for the thoughts or opinions of the Fijians they wish to serve. Mr Bainimarama made these comments while officiating at the commissioning of the Wailotua Naba Dua Village...

‘Where is the bus report’

THE Fiji Labour Party questioned what has happened to the report of a eight-member committee set up in October last year to review bus fares. “The committee was set up with the intention of having a new fare structure in place by January 2018,” party leader Mahendra Chaudhry claimed. “We understand the committee began public...

PM takes a swipe at opposition

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says many in the opposition are quick to criticise every Government program just for the sake of scoring political points with no concern for the thoughts or opinions of the Fijians they wish to serve. Mr Bainimarama made these comments while officiating at the commissioning of the Wailotua Naba Dua Village...

Seeking increase to hourly rate is not playing politics: NFP

NATIONAL Federation Party (NFP) leader Professor Biman Prasad says Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is demeaning workers earning a minimum wage by accusing the opposition of “politicising” the issue of their pay. In a statement yesterday, Prof Prasad claimed Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s habit was to sidetrack from the fundamental issues when he was unable to...

Media Watch Group’s claim of election date “incorrect in law”: FEO

FIJI’S Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has labelled a statement issued by the Media Watch Group claiming the upcoming election would be held on November 26 as “incorrect in law”. In a statement released this week, MWG had also claimed that the writ for election should be announced on October 13 and based on Section...

Weir saga

FOUR political parties have demanded immediate investigations into what one has called the “environmental disaster” at the Wainisavulevu weir in Monasavu. The National Federation Party (NFP), Fiji Labour Party (FLP), Unity Fiji and the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) say that someone needs to be held accountable for raising the weir level without a proper...

631,895 registered voters

THE Fijian Elections Office has so far registered 631,895 voters who can participate in the coming general election. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said Fijians wishing to participate in the elections could still register to vote. Of the total number of registered voters recorded as of July 31, the FEO recorded 313,239 females and 318,656...

Naidu: A good leader listens to every view

VOTERS should look at the leadership qualities of those they intend to elect into Parliament and exercise the power vested in them when they go to the polls later this year. This is the view of constitutional lawyer Richard Naidu. He made the comment while speaking at the National Federation Party’s annual convention and 55th...

State policies of free initiatives were adopted: NFP president

GOVERNMENT policies like the free bus fare and tuition-free education were adopted from the National Federation Party (NFP)’s 1982 and 2001 general elections manifestos. This was the message from NFP president Pio Tikoduadua to more than 2500 people who gathered for the party’s annual convention and 55th anniversary celebration at AD Patel College on Saturday....

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