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The will of the people

Fred Wesley
Saturday, September 20, 2014

AS counting continued last night in Suva, the early results of the final count are not moving away at all from that of the provisional tally released by the Fijian Elections Office the previous day.

It will probably be a duplicate of the provisional results.

Yesterday was laced with the release of the final results throughout the afternoon, which continued to confirm Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama is on track for a comfortable election win.

The masses have spoken. The Multinational Observer Group believes the process was free, fair and credible.

They covered 455 polling stations out of the 2025 stations around the country.

Yesterday, the process was again endorsed by the Electoral Commission.

Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young said the election process was free and fair.

The reaction came in the wake of announcements of the final results released at the National Counting Centre. When this edition went to press last night, there was still no confirmed date for the full results to be released.

Yesterday was also not without drama though as some parties continued to dispute the results citing irregularities in the process.

Mr Young said the commission made its own observation of both pre-polling and polling day exercises before concluding that the process was free and fair.

He said the process was also fair judging by the voter turnout.

The results have obviously taken some by surprise, but apparently not the majority.

And that has been a clear sign of how things have actually panned out at the polls.

Now the waiting starts for the final confirmed result before the swearing in of our 50-member parliament.

It has been a long time coming.

Clearly the masses know what they want. It is reflecting in the numbers that continued to place Mr Bainimarama in the lead last night.

The endorsement of the two groups, one independently, adds credibility to the process and will bring about a touch of confidence in the end result.

The provisional results are an endorsement by the voters of Mr Bainimarama's popularity and his party's policies.

But as we move forward, the issues raised by the disgruntled parties must be dealt with quickly and appropriately.

Obviously the commission and the Supervisor of Elections will need to sort this out.

For whatever its worth though, we are poised to take a leap into a new era. And that in itself is good for Fiji. What we have before us is a doorway to greater things.

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