Politics

‘It will be a 3-way battle’

THE 2018 General Election will be a three-way battle, says HOPE party leader Tupou Draunidalo. Ms Draunidalo is adamant that the battle would essentially be between her, FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama and National Federation...

‘PM to decide on election date’

THE call on the date for the general election is the prerogative of the Prime Minister. This was reiterated by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem at a press conference last week, saying that past prime ministers in Fiji had the same prerogative. “It is in the law and it was in the law,” Mr Saneem...

FEO will stick to procedures: Saneem

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem says the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will stick to its procedures during this year’s elections. He said they were not to be swayed by what some “disgraced politicians” were saying. “We have to stick to our procedures,” Mr Saneem said. “This is not the first elections that the FEO is...

Saneem responds to ‘rigged elections’ claims

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem says that Fiji Labour Party (FLP) leader Mahendra Chaudhry has not provided any evidence of his claims that the 2014 General Elections was rigged. Mr Saneem yesterday called a press conference to respond to claims made by Mr Chaudhry on Thursday during a press conference in Suva in the presence...

Voter services centre officials attend first training

TWENTY-TWO staff members from voter services centres around the country had their first training program in Suva on Thursday for the coming election. While opening the training program, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem reminded the trainees of their roles in the events leading up to the general election. “Our most important stakeholders are our voters...

Electoral Commission chairperson reacts to parties’ panel discussion

FIJI Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra said political parties have failed to see that an election was on the horizon. He made this comments in relation to the panel discussion held by six political parties in Suva on Thursday. Mr Chandra claimed the political leaders were making attempts to change the law instead of learning...

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 at a press conference last night in response to concerns raised by a political party yesterday on the distance between...

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...

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