Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Critical Eye

    During this period leading up to the elections the vying politicians are very sharp. They will see the weakness in others and pounce on it. They will pick out a section of the constitution and interpret it for their good. They will dig up the past and use it as a political football. Their critical eye is very sharp at the moment.

    OK, that's the usual thing. I only wish they will still be that sharp when they go into parliament and serve us with the same resolve.

    Like in the past, politicians will go to the community and paint paradise for them, " I will do this and that, and blah, blah, blah, blah." And when they get elected, they attain the ability to be invisible. And when they want something they take off the cloak that makes them invisible and come along in heavily tinted four wheel drive cars looking hopefully at the people. The people will cook goat curry, speard a mat for the politician to take home. I hope all that will stop.

    My only hope is that they will focus on what they will do for the country and not be out to take revenge.

    Heck, its a human thing.


 Is there some place the ordinary citizen of Fiji can go to to get information on how the general elections will work? For instance, with just one vote per person what if only three numbers are crossed by every voter in Fiji, how will parliament be formed?  Will there be only three people in it?
A few of us in the cane belt of Mulomulo would like to prepare ourselves for after September so that we may understand what is going on.
How will parliament be formed and how will the opposition be formed are just some of the questions we ask.

Anybody got an answer?

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.


Anonymous said...

Do you understand what a dictatorship is? Are you a total farkwit or are you just another cowardly junta slurper standing behind human rights abusing thugs with guns?

Anonymous said...

You should direct your request to the Supervisor of Elections. The readership of this blog are just as unenlightened about the process as you are. Publish the response you get when you receive it. That will be useful for all of us.

As far as the Constitution goes, the experts that have looked at it find it diabolical.

The critiques from Richard Naidu is the clearest explanation for a layman to understand. It is short and simply stated


According to Fiji's Court of Appeal, the 1997 Constitution is still the governing document. A lot of Yash Ghai's draft should be incorporated into the 1887 document, with inconsistencies ironed out by the new parliament.

A word of advice, Allen. If a politician wants to discuss the constitution then they should have legal training. It would be like a politician talking about neurosurgery without a medical degree. Naidu's critique is worth a look. It is simple and objective.

Anonymous said...

1997 document. excuse the typo

Crosbie Walsh said...

No apology needed. You're only 100 years out of date.

Anonymous said...

a bit like you old short fella?