Politics

Public service reforms

THE State’s public service reforms should focus on driving performance and not create fear of job losses, some political parties say. In our election issue this week, we questioned the six registered political parties contesting...

Saneem: No voter registrations, amendments after writ is issued

ONCE the writ of elections is issued no one will be able to amend their voter details or register to vote. This was reiterated by Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem yesterday while giving an update on their voter roll at their headquarters. Fiji’s total number of registered voters has now increased to 634,120 as...

Fiji’s registered voters increase to 634,120

FIJI’S total number of registered voters has now increased to 634,120 as of September 17. These registered voters, according to Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, would be voting in the upcoming general elections. Mr Saneem revealed the latest figures at a press conference earlier today on the publication of the Fijian Elections Office latest...

‘Party to release manifesto soon’

THE FijiFirst party will be releasing its manifesto soon. Party leader Voreqe Bainimarama said the party’s manifesto would include a wide range of objectives. “We have a vision, a mission and a lot of objectives; a whole list of objectives and our manifesto will be released soon,” he said. The party announced the names of...

Indian high commissioner signs terms of reference

INDIA’S High Commissioner to Fiji Vishwas Sapkal has officially signed the terms of reference this afternoon in Suva to co-lead the Multi National Observer Group alongside Australia and Indonesia. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said a few weeks ago, the terms of reference for the MOG was signed by Australia and Indonesia but India was not present...

Bainimarama says FijiFirst will campaign on facts

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says FijiFirst party candidates will not lie and make allegations like other political parties do. “Going into the 2018 elections, FijiFirst and its candidates will unlike other political parties, conduct itself with dignity,” Mr Bainimarama said at the announcement of the party’s candidates for the 2018 General Election. “We will not...

FijiFirst announces 51 party provisional candidates

THE FijiFirst party has announced the names of its 51 provisional candidates for the 2018 general elections. The announcement was made by FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama this afternoon. The provisional candidates are: 1. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama 2. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum 3. Jone Usamate 4. Semi Tuleca Koroilavesau 5. Alexander David O’Connor 6. Alipate Tuicolo 7. Alvick...

2018 General Elections: Freedom Alliance Party shortlists potential candidates

FREEDOM Alliance Party president Jagath Karunaratne has revealed that supporters of other political parties have showed interest in contesting the upcoming general elections under the party banner. He said those supporters were interested in the party’s policies and they aimed to make a difference in their respective communities under the party banner. “Out of the...

2018 General Elections: FijiFirst to announce provisional candidates

THE FijiFirst party will announce its provisional candidates for the 2018 polls this afternoon. In an invite sent to The Fiji Times this morning, the party office said the announcement would be made by party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. The announcement will be made at 3pm at the party’s headquarters at Brown Street in Suva. *Stay...

Disability friendly polling stations

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem has reassured people living with disabilities that the polling stations around the country for the 2018 General Election will be disability friendly. The reassurance came during a press conference after the mock polling exercise at the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) warehouse at Laucala Beach, Nasinu yesterday. “All Fijian Elections Office...

NFP leader hits out at FSC

THE National Federation Party has called on the Fiji Sugar Corporation to stop lying to canefarmers. In a statement issued last Friday, party leader Professor Biman Prasad said cane-growers and lorry operators were suffering as a result of breakdowns at the Lautoka mill and slow crush rate at the Rarawai factory in Ba. He claimed...

FEO launches second round of awareness drive

THE Fijian Elections Office launched its second round of Know Your Election Awareness Drive yesterday. Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chandra said the aim of the drive was to equip voters with basic knowledge of the election and how to cast vote. He said the nationwide drive would begin today and finish once the writ of...

Poverty remains a problem, says FLP provisional candidate

POVERTY in Fiji remains a major social problem. This is the view of Fiji Labour Party provisional candidate Taina Rokotabua. Ms Rokotabua claimed people were finding it hard to put food on the table, let alone provide for the other basic necessities of their families. When questioned of what initiatives she would introduce to tackle...

Koroilavesau waits for FijiFirst line-up

MINISTER for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau says if his name is announced as one of the FijiFirst candidates for the upcoming general election, he would then stand for election. He revealed this in an interview with The Fiji Times after visiting Northern Lau last week. Mr Koroilavesau said the candidates’ names for FijiFirst party had not...

Party receives 79 applications

SEVENTY nine applications have been received by the Freedom Alliance Party from interested individuals intending to contest the upcoming election under the party banner. Party leaderJagath Karunaratne confirmed that out of the 79 applications, 31 have been short listed for interview. “We are looking at candidates who will preach the party policies to our supporters...

‘Good governance is the cornerstone of true democracy’

GOOD governance is the cornerstone of true democracy, some political parties say. As we head towards the 2018 General Election, we asked the seven registered political parties on their views on their views on ensuring an open, transparent and accountable government. The National Federation Party (NFP), Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), Fiji Labour Party, Unity...

Bainimarama: Leave politics aside, be assertive in fight against climate change

FIJI’S Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today called on world leaders to leave politics aside, show courage, determination and be more assertive in their efforts at home to fight climate change. Mr Bainimarama was speaking to national and regional leaders at the opening plenary of the Global Climate Action Summit. He did not mince his words...

Freedom Alliance Party candidates to be announced soon

THE Freedom Alliance Party will announce their list of candidates for the 2018 general elections next week. This was confirmed by party leader Jagath Karunaratne at a press conference in Suva today. “So far, we have received 79 applicants and only 31 have been shortlisted for interviews. A total of three campaign centres have been...

Party to meet to finalise candidates for polls

THE Freedom Alliance Party will hold a meeting with its constituency members in Suva today to finalise their candidates, agree on the party’s manifesto and map out a campaign plan for the 2018 polls. Party leader Jagath Karunaratne said the mapping out of the party’s campaign plan would focus on allocating resources that are required...

SODELPA hopeful banks on experience

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) provisional candidate Nemani Bulitavu believes that he is in a better position to relate to grassroots people if he gets elected into Parliament. He said his 37 years of experience as a civil servant would boost his move into politics. The 61-year-old candidate said he was inspired to join politics...

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