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Open List Voting: Dr Veramu on What Suits Fiji

By this time next year, the result of the much-anticipated September, 2014 general elections would have been determined  – along with the efficiency of the one-day poll.
So what can we expect when we go to the polling booth next year? “What will the ballot paper look like in September 2014?” some are asking.

Last week, Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that drafting specialists will be in Fiji by next month to begin work on rules and regulations for the elections. This is expected to be made public by the end of the year.

Here, we take a look at what the ballot paper may look like. Civic education specialist, Dr Joseph Veramu provides two examples of what he thinks might be suited for Fiji.

Parliament numbers
The constitution makes clear that a 50 member Parliament  will be elected from a single national constituency. We know that an “open” list rather than a “closed” list system of voting will be based on proportional representation mea…

Treading in Moses’ footsteps: Fiji’s Fourth Constitution by Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi

Is Fiji’s new Constitution that imperfect? Joni Madraiwiwi, Fiji’s former Vice President (2005-6), argues that while country’s new Constitution is not perfect, it provides a foundation to build upon. Jone Madrawiwi

In promulgating Fiji’s new and fourth Constitution earlier this September, the country’s leaders hailed it as “the Constitution Fiji needed to have in order to join the ranks of the world’s great democracies”, and described the event in triumphal terms ranging from “historic” to “revolutionary.” The document is certainly progressive in some respects: it provides, for instance, an expansive bill of rights with particular emphasis on socio–economic and cultural rights; an equitable and non-racial electoral system in place of the communal based systems as well as oversight institutions to promote transparency, accountability and combat corrupti…

Analysis by Paul Buchanan of 36th Parallel Assessments **

Analytic Brief: The Transition Tango in Fiji Written by Paul Buchanan on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 Posted in Analysis AssessmentFijiForecastsIntelligenceLead | No Comments »

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On Burning Rubbish

Burning Rubbish
Its about time we had a law that prohibits burning of rubbish in peoples lawns or yards and road sides. But hold the phone, don't we already have that lay in the city and town bylaws.

BUT, laws are good as long as they have teeth and the people who enacted them enforce them.
But I am for the law of burning. One way to get this  law tobe effective is to empower the citizens to report his neighbour.Burning not only is a danger but a health hazard. If you hang your clothes out and someone burns, you will get smoke smelling clothes.
And the worst is the people who suffer from breathing problems. 
Pay Issues

A report says " Findings, according to a Ministry of Information statement released yesterday, concluded that salaries were not only inadequate but had failed to attract and keep the best candidates.
Another similar situation are nurses, their salary isn't enough to keep them in Fiji.  
And what about our police officers, they work long hours in…

Ah Koy

PM’s top of pollOctober 2, 2013 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by:  Sir James says no one can match work By MAIKA BOLATIKI in the Fiji Sun No one is good enough to unseat Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in the 2014 elections, says a former finance minister.
This is because of the good work the Prime Minister has done, Sir James Ah Koy told the Fiji Sun yesterday.

Sir James also said it was time for old politicians to step aside and give new people a chance to contest the 2014 elections.

Sir James served as Minister for Commerce, Industry, Trade, and Public Enterprises in the government of former prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka from 1994 to 1997, when he became Minister for Finance, a position he held until his Fijian Political Party lost the parliamentary election in 1999. He was a Senator from 2001 to 2006.

As for Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama, the executive chairman of Kelton Investments said many politicians were not happy when he came in to power in 2…

News and Comments Thursday 3 October 2013

ONLY ONE OF THEM IS TELLING THE TRUTH. The government stresses that the National Register of Voters is and has always been available to both individuals and political parties for inspection, at their request. This has been clearly stated after Social Democratic and Liberal Party’s senior official Doctor Tupeni Baba’s claims that the electoral roll is not available and there is no evidence of this roll.

MIDA: AKOULA TALKS OF PLANS. The newly appointed CEO of the Media Industry Development Authority Matai Akoula says he’s determined to lift the level of professionalism in the media industry and find solutions to the difficulties faced by media personnel, including the pay structure of every company. The two main areas will be to bring media personnel up to par with their Code of Ethics and training on the upcoming elections.

NEW UNION. The Warwick Resort and Spa Hotel workers have formed a new workers union after years of raising concerns with their old union the Fijian National Union of …

Bainimarama Defends Coup in UN

Education to start now: Dr Kedrayate |

On voter education, the constitution and much more ...
Education to start now: Dr Kedrayate |

News and Comments Monday 30 September 2013

WALKING THE TALK: COMPARING THIS GOVERNMENT WITH PREVIOUS GOVERNMENTS. A well known Bua chief has praised recent Bainimarama Government work in the province. The Tui Nadi, Taukei kei Naitauba, Ratu Peni Rasigare said the development work had improved their way of life and that the Voreqe Bainimarama-led government should be supported in its work.

“This government walks the talk and delivers the best services to rural communities and urban as well,” he said. “As the 2014 elections approaches, my people and I will stand for the government of the day, not so much because of the initiative done by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces engineering team but because of the services delivered,” Ratu Peni said.

“We will vote for the government of the day because it is a non-racist government and they reach out to the grassroot level people to deliver their services,’’ Ratu Peni added. Ratu Peni said the new blueprint of the nation would steer the country to a bright and a stable future.