Dr Wadan Narsey, in my opinion, rightly, questions a situation where Board members of Fiji's largest financial entity, the Fiji National Provident Fund, are all appointed by Government, which is also the largest borrower from the fund (about $2B.) Worker representation was abolished in 2014. (This suggests insufficient safeguards. -Ed.)
Ro Filipe for death penalty. Chiefly SODELPA candidate
Ro Filipe Tuisawau said he will immediately pursue the death penalty for child rapists and murderers if his party wins the election and “physical and chemical castration of rapists is a must, and they would be whipped every week.” He said the lack of moral leadership in Fiji showed the nation had started to deteriorate. On a separate issue he said Fiji needed a new constitution "validated by the people".
Minimum wage. SODELPA and NFP say they will increase the minimum wage $4 and $5. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said FijiFirst brought in Fiji's first minimum wage legislation, and has increased the rate twice since. He claimed the Opposition did nothing about the minimum wage when they could, and the proposed increases would cripple some businesses and not help the 130,000 non-waged. Fiji Sun.
After the 2014 General Elections, Government increased the national minimum wage rate from $2.00 per hour to $2.32, (and will review it again soon) By increasing the rate (with 45 or 48 hour week), more than 100,000 marginalized workers had have their weekly wages increased from $90-$96 range to $104.40 – $111.36.
Dr Biman Prasad says the NFP will talk to any party about forming a government. The party supports a secular state, does not want race‑based voting, and will continue the free bus fare scheme.
Mosquitos and dengue fever. To eliminate mosquitos that spread dengue fever, chikungunya and zika more Wolbachia are being released in Suva and the Suva-Nausori