Mid -Week Update
There is no logical connection between registration numbers and the poll. They do, however, have a point in the remainder of their release: the UFDF parties had a shorter time to collect signatures and their collective 30,267 signatures were " gathered by small bands of loyal supporters moving around the country, with no publicity or media hype or huge deployment of resource."
Unfortunately, their other claim, that Fiji First had 14 months to collect signatures is not true. And, for the record, the poll for the 12th week showed Bainimarama's support at 77%. It had changed from 83% the week before, the change attributable to the margin of error typical of all samples. Whoever was responsible for the UFDF release needs to enrol for Logic 101 and Stats 101. Or, stay away from figures they do not understand.
COURTEOUS SOLEPA is continuing its courtesy visits to the provinces to seek traditional approval from local Taukei chiefs to begin its political campaigns. This week and next it will be in Bua, Tavualevu, Ba, and the Yasawas.
MIDA Director Matai Akoula is still waiting for freelance journalists to apply for registration. See http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/20027/freelance-journalists-still-to-register#sthash.9TfIK4aP.dpuf link for more details.
ELECTION OFFICE UPDATE. Awareness teams from the Elections Office will be out in force from next month. Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem says voter education will be on when, where and how to vote, and the need for all Fijians to vote. Some 14,000 people will work on polling day. The Office will also hold open days around the country starting this week where interested applicants could lodge their applications, with an emphasis on non-civil servants to make the election less government oriented. Those applying will have to pass tests to succeed, and applicants are expected to be unaffiliated with any political party.
FLP SUCCESSION. Mahendra Chaudhry's lawyers says they will take try to get the High Court's guilty decision reverse in the Appeals Court. Meanwhile, party leadership is now the talk among the FLP fraternity according to the Fiji Sun's Dickie Bird
HE SAYS HIS PEOPLE FREE TO VOTE AS THEY WISH but Ra province chief Tui Navitilevu Ratu Meli Bolobolo says he supports FijiFirst Party because he likes what government is doing in terms of development, especially free education. His comments followed the visit of the SODELPA team led by leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and George Shiu Raj.
BUA PROVINCIAL COUNCIL's meeting this week in Nabouwalu discussed development issues such as bauxite mining, the pine chips and the Dreketi/Nabouwalu Highway projects that hve increased paid employment in the province. Other issues include health, education, agriculture, water and electrification.
EXTRA DAY'S HOLIDAY NEXT YEAR. Cabinet has added a National Sports Day to the nine existing holiday next yea, with the date still to be confirmed.
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING? Mickey Tropp on the FEF blog writes, people usually say, "This govt is creating free education and new roads but our children will pay the debt". That's true but who do you think Govt is giving education and roads to? The dogs and cats? It's called investment, you idiots."
REDEFING WORD MEANINGS. The Australian Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement has held a number of not very well attended public events in Sydney over the past few years denouncing the Bainimarama administration and is now rallying behind the United Front for a
Democratic Fiji. Its President Usaia Waqatairewa insists the movement is apolitical!
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