Fiji Time: 5:54 AM on Saturday 30 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Ballot numbers uproar

Siteri Sauvakacolo And Dawn Gibson
Thursday, August 07, 2014

THE Social Democratic and Liberal Party in a campaign party meeting in Davuilevu on Monday night claimed that the first two numbers on our ballot paper was somehow linked to a certain chapter in a religious book.

Party supporter Laisenia Qarase told about 100 party supporters that the numbers 135 and 136 were linked to a chapter in the Quran with its meaning depicting justice.

He told party supporters that upon research on the internet, he found out the two numbers were a part of the Quran — chapter 4 verses 135-136 is on justice and how we should respect it.

In response, FijiFirst party general secretary Aiyaz-Sayed Khaiyum said the statement showed the desperation of Qarase, a man who could not stand for election, and his party SODELPA.

"His absurd and unintelligent statement can be quickly dismissed by a simple Google search that will show that the word justice appears several times in several chapters and several verses in the Quran like in many other religious texts including the Bible," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in a statement.

"Their (SODELPA) desperation is so advanced that they are looking for a conspiracy everywhere."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they hoped the police would investigate this matter and that the Electoral Commission would take some meaningful action to stop such disgraceful conduct.

Meanwhile, Electoral Commission chair Chen Bunn Young yesterday told members of the media that the commission would do its own investigation into the matter.

"If those statements were being made, and I think we have to verify that and we need to look at it in the context of seeing whether it is a slurring of another religious belief or individual group and if that is the case, then we will take this up and report it as a complaint to FICAC," Mr Young said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64150.6225
JPY 51.982948.9829
GBP 0.36900.3610
EUR 0.44000.4280
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65310.6281
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Complete waste'
  2. Sevens unite
  3. Last lot to Rio
  4. Execs at loggerheads
  5. Fearless Riwai
  6. Edible bamboo import
  7. Farmers submit proposal
  8. Agents of change
  9. Qiliho assures safety
  10. $12.5m for minors

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  6. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  7. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  8. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  9. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)