News and Comments Wednesday 18 June
The selected candidates are: Provincial: Ro Teimumu Kepa, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu (two of Fiji's three parmount chiefs), Ratu Viliame Tagivetaua, Josefa Dulakiverata, Kiniviliame Kiliraki, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Mikaele Leawere, Luke Ratuvuki, Nanise Nagusuca, Ratu Viliame Niumataiwalu, Anare Jale, Anare Vadei, Ratu Sela Nanovo, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, Viliame Gavoka, Sitiveni Loco, Niko Nawaikula, Jeremaia Namuaira, Ratu Osea Bolawaqatabu, Simione Drole and Iosefo Nainima. Urban: Ratu Jone Kubuabola, Dr Tupeni Baba, Pio Tabaiwalu, Dr Mere Samisoni, Losena Salabula, Tomasi Vakatora, Salote Radrodro, Penina Ravulo, Mitieli Bulanauca, Laisani Qaqanilawa, Parayame Cakacaka, Semesa Karavaki, Samu Saumatua, Simione Rasova, Ratu Jone Bouwalu, Marika Lewaqai, Ratu Nemia Vainitoba and Viliame Satala. National: Mick Beddoes, Abdul Sahim Cavalevu, Sushil Shudhakar, Nirmal Singh and George Shiu Raj.
NFP CANDIDATES. The National Federation party has announced six new candidates five of them Indo-Fijians, including former president of the Fiji Law Society Dormani Naidu,. NFP has now announced 19 candidates and will announce more soon.
MAHENDRA CHAUDHRY HAS TOLD YOUTH THAT THAT VOTES ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE: "The fundamental difference this time is that this election is not being held in a democratic environment, there are too many restrictions, the whole system has been changed, things have been made difficult — the system has been made complicated — elections should be simple for people to easily understand it and cast their vote," he claimed.
ELECTIONS WILL BE FAIR. "Our Constitution expressly requires that free and fair general elections must be held before 30 September 2014. The Fijian Government is committed to ensuring that we have the right electoral processes and oversight mechanisms in place to address the corrupt practices and flaws of past elections. It will ensure that we have truly free, and fair, general elections on 17 September 2014". – Labour Minister Jone Usamate.
ASSISTANCE FOR VOTERS. The Electoral Commission has assured people who may need assistance to vote that voting stations' Presiding Officers will assist. Commission member Fr David Arms says that while only one person at a time is allowed behind the voting screen, the Presiding Officer will assist when requested and another official will ensure the Presiding Officer marks the paper in the way that the voter has directed. Voters can also ask for a replacement voting paper if they make a mistake. He confirmed that Pre-polling will be done in remote areas and locations where voter numbers are low such as part of Lau and Lomaiviti Groups. Voting starts at 7:30am and finishes at 6pm on 17th September, 2014.
EU SAYS NO. The European Union has turned down Fiji's invitation to join the Australian-led observers group for Fiji's 2014 Election. EU rules do not allow EU observers to be embedded in a multinational mission nor to operate under the leadership of any third party. It will, however, rely on its own experts and take other observers' comments into consideration before resuming its bilateral aid.
JUDICIARY LAX. Lynda Tabuya (PDP) has again attacked the judicial system. This time for failing to invest investigate the death of a four year old boy since April last year.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Chris Pryde, replied, "Justice rushed is justice denied." He again urged aspiring politicians to approach the appropriate authorities for information, rather than taking their complaints to the media for political advantage.
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TEBBUTT POLL According to the poll, the most common responses to all three of these questions were unemployment, high cost of living, and poverty. Many of the bread-and-butter issues which dominate the top of these lists are common across the globe, and Fijians are not alone in facing these issues, the poll also outlined.