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Fiji Govt makes effort towards free and fair elections – another facade says SWM!

March 18, 2009
Yadra bloggers, well imagine this electronic voter system (EVC)! Manuel ballots in Fiji ends up being discarded and now this EVC rubbish. SWM believes this is just another facade the illegal junta is putting up to make them look as if they are being genuine in trying to work towards holding General Elections, when in reality they are only putting on a show. What’s happened to Heffernan, who was brought in from overseas to be SOE? She ends up being a dud, but this was their intention all the time to further delay the process and AusAid too must take some responsibility for this delay in funding this position, when it ought to know Felicity Heffernan was not qualified for the job. SWM urges Oz & NZ to ensure their taxpayers are utilised properly, such as in Felicity’s case!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

 

In what is seen as an effort by the Interim Government to move the country to democratic elections, two international experts are currently in the country to oversee the need for improved voter registration systems.

They will also be holding a workshop on the use of the Electronic Voter Registration (EVR) system.

The journey of the EVR into Fiji kicked off with a scoping mission from the Elections Office to Samoa, followed by the formation of an all government EVR Working Group to assess the system for Fiji.

The consultants MICHAEL YARD and Robert Jordan are IT, EVR and Demographic experts, with the consultancy brokered independently between the Electoral Reform International Services (ERIS) an NGO, together with the support of the Fiji High Commission in London.

The elections office says ERIS’s offer to assist Fiji is a genuine attempt, unlike previous offers of donor assistance after the EU withdrew promised support in the wake of the Pacific Islands Forum Niue in 2008.

It adds both the PIF in Niue and PNG early this year offers of assistance, sadly are linked intrinsically to political election dates rather then the Electoral Management body’s operations needs.

The Elections Office says they welcome any donor funding to support and assist Fiji’s journey towards free and fair elections.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Manning permalink
    March 18, 2009 12:26 AM

    It’s a sad day when Fijians measure their wealth ” only ” by the amount of money they earn :-
    http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=117065

  2. Mark Manning permalink
    March 18, 2009 12:34 AM

    By the right , quick march
    your left , your left , your left , left left left left
    about face
    by the right , quick march
    your left , your left , your left , left left left

    Hey Sambo , didn’t we pass that tree before , yes , but not from the same angle .
    Have faith my friend , the Commander knows what he is doing , he is taking us forward !
    Forward to what ?
    Don’t ask unnecessary questions my friend , only he knows what we are moving forward to !
    It is not for us to know , for too much knowledge will fry the mind of the village man , we must leave the important things to the one who knows everything .

  3. soro permalink
    March 18, 2009 4:48 AM

    I can see it now … everything ready to go and bam – FEA power fuse blows … woilei boso – lako kece na information ! Raica mada, scramble tiko na boundary kece – Lautoka Electoral constituency boundary situated now on Lakeba Island. Labasa now situated in Rotuma. Woilei call 911 Felicity !

    Woilei boso – re-set mada na hard drive! Oi – no credit tiko nomu telefoni ? O sobo!

    Woilei boso – na generator mai Namosi e leqa na kerosini – e sega bau e na sitoa. Me da cakava va cava na electronic voting e na loma ni koro?

    Call 0-800 Electronic Voting ….. io – baca levu. Na call centre e tiko mai Mumbai ! Hahaha

  4. March 18, 2009 11:07 PM

    Electronic voting in Fiji?
    More like ‘Electronic Vote Rigging’.
    How easy does Chodo want his vote rigging to be? Too easy!
    First he’s bringing people from India by the plane load. Then he’s changing the voting rules with the Fake Charter. Now he’s electronically going to rig the vote. It’s Bush v Gore and the hanging chad all over again
    God bless Fiji

  5. Keep The Faith permalink
    March 19, 2009 11:42 AM

    Isa isn’t this country just in “Consultant Maximus Over-drivus” mode.

    Of course they’d be frickin’ “genuinely” interested! It means they get paid & can arrest the economic downturn in their bank accounts aye?

    I doubt a down-payment has been paid to secure the service thus the lament of being “open to donor funding” by the expert U-tubers @ Elections Office.

  6. Jean d'Ark permalink
    March 19, 2009 12:12 PM

    Yeah – these guys are infatuated with “out-of-box” thinking and new-fangled ideas.

    Good if you can do them, but not worth much when you can’t even do the basics right!

    First things first, amateurs!

  7. March 20, 2009 10:34 PM

    Bula JdA!

    Truzup. How can they expect to hold an election with electronic gadgetry when they can’t even run one with ink and paper?

    But, to my way of thinking, they don’t actually want to RUN the election.

    They want to RIG the election.

    God bless Fiji

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