Politics

2022 Fiji Elections: 77,907 to vote on Monday – Saneem

ON Monday, December 5, a total of 77,907 registered voters will participate in pre-polling and cast their ballots at 613 polling venues across the country, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. He said the FEO...

2022 Fiji Election: FijiFirst should reign forever – Bainimarama.

FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama says his party should reign forever because it will provide unity forever. Speaking in Savusavu on Tuesday, he urged supporters to vote the FijiFirst government back into power to allow them to continue with the developments they have carried out over the past few years. “We have been voted back into...

2022 Fiji Election: Kiran condemns “bloodshed” statements.

NATIONAL Federation Party (NFP) candidate for the 2022 polls Sashi Kiran says she has worked with the iTaukei people and in iTaukei communities for many years and has always felt safe. Speaking on Sashi Singh’s Talking Point on Facebook, the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise and Development founder said it made her “very angry” every...

2022 Fiji Election: Gradual transition of power ‘essential’ – Singh.

A GRADUAL transition of power from government to government is an essential feature of any functioning democracy. This was highlighted by National Federation Party (NFP) candidate Agni Deo Singh during the party’s talanoa session at Jagindra Singh Primary School in Tamavua, Suva, recently. “Governments come, governments get elected in a democracy, they come, they do...

2022 Fiji Election: Big crowd show support during PA, NFP rally.

A BIG crowd that gathered at The People’s Alliance-National Federation Party rally in Labasa yesterday shouted “Kick them out, vote them out” – in reference to the FijiFirst Government. As PA leader Sitiveni Rabuka and NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad took the stage at the Labasa Civic Center, people clapped and cheered, assuring them of...

2022 Fiji Election: “Move away from autocratic rule” – Felix Anthony.

THIS year will mark an important milestone for workers and unions as they stand at a crossroads to determine whether Fiji can have true democracy, says Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) national secretary Felix Anthony. In a statement, Mr Anthony said workers had struggled to exercise their rights to win any concessions from the Government...

2022 General Election: Vote ’em in or out.

FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama says his party should reign forever because it unites people. He said this while speaking in Savusavu on Tuesday, where he urged supporters to vote the FijiFirst government back into power because of the developments it had put in place. His statements came a day before The People’s Alliance (PA) and...

30th November

2022 Election: $16k phone bill claims surface

NATIONAL Federation Party leader Prof Biman Prasad claims a minister in the FijiFirst Government has incurred mobile phone charges of about $16,000 in one month recently. He made the statement at a joint rally with The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka in Ba last Thursday night. Mr Prasad did not name the minister but showed...

2022 Election: Don’t wait for 2026 – Vosarogo

VOTERS between the ages of 18 and 40 have been told that the 2022 General Election “is your elections”. Prominent Suva lawyer and The People’s Alliance party candidate Filimoni Vosarogo told people who turned up at a rally at the Naveiwakau Methodist Church hall on Tuesday night that this age group had the power to...

2022 General Election: Stay put at your polling stations and vote – Ali

STAY put! That’s the message Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator and human rights advocate Shamima Ali is sending out to all eligible voters. “Stay near your polling station, cast your vote on December 14 and make it count,” she said. She said December was a time when people, especially the iTaukei, made Christmas plans and...

Former Ecuador VP released from prison for second time

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s former Vice President Jorge Glas was on Monday released from prison for the second time after a local judge approved alternative corrective measures in lieu of a custodial sentence for corruption charges. Judge Emerson Curipallo from the province of Santo Domingo said Glas’ rights had been violated by delays in resolving...

29th November

‘Don’t Fall for Nonsense’

WE are not here to talk about racial differences, says FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. While speaking to supporters in Tavua, the Attorney-General took aim at his major political opponents who he claimed have been appealing to voters using race and religion as a drawcard. “We are not here to give a speech about election...

PM takes a swipe at Rabuka

VOTING for The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka will take Fijians back to 2000, says FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama. He made the comments during a party campaign meeting at the Vashist Muni School Hall in Navua last Friday. Mr Bainimarama said his government had removed uncertainty from the country. He also claimed Mr Rabuka and...

Lata to stand for NFP in 2022 General Elections.

NATIONAL Federation Party 2022 General Election candidate Ansu Lata claims Fiji has lost respect in the international community. She said she decided to contest the polls this year because she felt it was time for the issue to be rectified through a change of leadership and Government. “I intend to be a driving force behind...

Bainimarama: Rabuka is a Flop

FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama labelled The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka “a flop” after Mr Rabuka said he could not read the PM’s mind or know his intentions. Mr Bainimarama was referring to comments Mr Rabuka made at a joint news conference with the National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad last week. “He...

Biman Takes Swipe at A-G

NATIONAL Federation Party leader professor Biman Prasad says FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has a “superiority complex” and his “gross insult” to bhajaniyas was demeaning to the Indo-Fijian community. He said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum mocking the intelligence of bhajaniyas was “a gross insult to them”. At a FijiFirst party rally in Nasinu last week, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum...

Sayed-Khaiyum’s Comments “Demeaning”

FIJI Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says comments about bhajaniyas by FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum at a Nasinu rally last week were “insulting and demeaning”. Mr Chaudhry was referring to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum questioning the calibre of an FLP candidate referring to him as a “bhajaniya” and questioning his ability to contribute to debates...

The Power of Words

RENOWNED academic Steven Ratuva says as leaders, politicians must be responsible in the language they use in their campaign because the impact can be destructive in the long term, well after the elections are over. Professor Ratuva, the director of the University of Canterbury’s Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, in Christchurch, New Zealand, said...

Misleading Information Concerning

THE Fijian Elections Office is “greatly concerned” at misinformation being circulated across the country that there will be electronic counting of votes in the 2022 General Election, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. “We also have noted, with rather great concern, that there is a group of people who seem to be hell bent on...

28th November

2022 General Election: Ballot boxes ‘tracked’

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has begun packing pre-poll ballot boxes as pre-polling begins in the country from December 5. Yesterday, the FEO held a media walkthrough of the area where the operations were taking place. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem explained the ballot boxes were manually tracked from the warehouse to the central processing...

2022 General Election: Vote for the future of our children – Lata

Ansu Lata entered politics with a simple goal in mind: to bring about change for sound democratic governance and leadership in health, education, human rights and women empowerment. Eight years on from her first election, the 40-year-old Labasa native is contesting her third election under the National Federation Party (NFP) banner. With a string of...

2022 General Election: ‘I stand for the less fortunate’

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) candidate Setefano Osonamoli made a decision to contest the 2022 General Election to be a voice for the underprivileged, vulnerable and marginalised in society. He has a history of public service after being a member of the Great Council of Chiefs, member of the Namosi Provincial Council and Namosi Development...

2022 General Election: 606,092 eligible to vote – Saneem

A total of 606,092 voters will be eligible to vote on December 14. This was confirmed by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during a briefing over the weekend. Mr Saneem also confirmed that at the conclusion of the postal vote verification process, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) had received 9916 postal vote applications. Mr Saneem...

2022 General Election: Fiji PM ‘delusional’

National Federation Party (NFP) general secretary Leba Seni Nabou has called Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama “delusional” following his attack on the wife of NFP leader, professor Biman Prasad. At a campaign rally at Vashist Muni Hall in Navua last Friday, Mr Bainimarama claimed that Prof Prasad’s wife, Dr Rajni Chand, did not deserve the position...

2022 General Election: Political party told to remove video

The Fijian Elections Office has asked The People’s Alliance (PA) party to remove a video addressing the Denarau land deal from its Facebook page. In a statement, the FEO said it received a complaint on the video published by The People’s Alliance in which Y3 Kofera Trust chairman Ratu Vuniani Navuniuci was purporting to be...

2022 General Election: Chaudhry reveals why he is running for polls again

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says he is standing again in the 2022 General Election because he can’t bear the “wrongs” of the FijiFirst government. “A leader has a responsibility to the people, a duty to the people and to fight injustice,” he said. “We can’t just take all of these wrong things being...

2022 General Election: ‘We will remove fear’ – Rabuka

The rights and freedom of Fijians are under threat and abused under the FijiFirst government, says The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Speaking in Lautoka, he said fear among Fijians has been part of the current government’s machinery since 2006. He said the leaders of FijiFirst were “experts in its use”. “Basically people fear...

2022 General Election: SODELPA will not go into coalition with FijiFirst – Koroisavou

We will not sleep on the same bed with the same people who took us out, says Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) campaign director Jope Koroisavou. He said this while answering questions from this newspaper regarding any potential FijiFirst party (FFP) and SODELPA coalition after the 2022 General Election. “I think that the (SODELPA) leader...

2022 General Election: Vote for a good government – Chaudhry

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says if people do not vote out the FijiFirst government in the 2022 General Election, Fijians will continue to remain in their control. While speaking to supporters in Lautoka over the weekend, he said Fijians should exercise their right to vote if they want change. “If we fail to...

2022 General Election: Fiji PM descends to lowest of personal attacks – Prof Biman

FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama has descended to the lowest of personal attacks, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. His comments come in the wake of claims made by Mr Bainimarama during a campaign rally in Nakurukuru, Lami. Mr Bainimarama said Prof Prasad would agree to bring back the Great Council of Chiefs...

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