Somebody has drunk the Kool Aid.
Otherwise how could they think the Fiji elections are above board – there are just too many examples of it being otherwise.
Pacific leaders meeting in Palau yesterday agreed to automatically lift Fiji’s suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum, if the September 17 elections are ‘free and fair’.
The decision came after a recommendation from New Zealand Foreign minister, Murray McCully, who reckons all indications are that Fiji’s elections will be democratic.
Clearly, the McCully’s of the world are turning a blind eye to the everyday happenings on the ground that show time and time again there is no transparency in the regime poll.
Just last week the Supervisor of Elections, Saneem Mohammed, ruled the party, One Fiji, couldn’t contest the elections because the name was too similar to Fiji First.
The illegal Attorney General and General Secretary of the Fiji First party, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, was subsequently quoted as saying people could get ‘confused’ because the word ‘One’ is similar to the word ‘First’.
We also now have the case of prominent lawyer and National Federation Party candidate, Makereta Waqavonono, being bundled out of the election process by a last minute change to the Electoral Decree 2014.
Waqavonono, who has been working in Australia for the last 12 months, had applied to the High Court
seeking clarification of s56(2) of the Constitution and s23 of the Electoral Decree on the meaning of ‘ordinarily resident’.
|Amended decree as of yesterday|
Conveniently, Justice Kamal Kumar said he couldn’t rule on the case – with the regime quickly passing an amendment effectively disqualifying Waqavonono.
“This is an outrageous act of desperation from a regime that is terrified of losing power,” says Waqavonovono.
“To add insult to injury, the court orders $3000 court costs against me!”
Nemani Bainivalu update
Fiji media have meanwhile failed to cover the story of Fiji First candidate, Nemani Bainivalu, racially abusing and assaulting a voter during a heated debate at the Wainivula
church hall last week. (see our earlier story)
Bainivalu is being quoted on Fijilive as saying he joined Fiji First to reassure indigenous Fijians that their land is safe.
No mention whatsoever of his outrageous loss of control – just a positive story allowing him to paint himself a hero.
In any other country, Bainivalu would have been charged by police, ditched as a candidate and his party, Fiji First, would have plummeted at the polls.
|Romeo – should be in jail and out of the election|
Bainivalu has been hailed as a model candidate, but his actions in public, including his Facebook, makes us wonder.
In a picture of him with his wife and sister-in-law he posts “Rua vakadua, ni rau yadua sara tu la na rumu, Moniti eke, Tusiti kea, Vukelulu eke, Lotulevu kea, Vakaraubuka eke, Vakarauwai kea, Siga Tabu cegu caka mada na lotu!”
Translation: “They both have a room each. I go to one on Monday, Tuesday the other, Wednesday the other, Thursday the other, Friday the other, Saturday the other. On Sunday I rest and go to Church.”