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Laptop found but fallout continues

February 27, 2014

Growing pressure on the chairman of the Electoral Commission to ensure neutrality after attempts by the illegal attorney general to have an employee sacked when a laptop was stolen from her home.
 
Too close? Khaiyum and Bunn Young.

The laptop, which C4.5 has been told has been recovered, contained the names and details of voters for the regime’s September elections.

It’s understood a 17 year old was being questioned yesterday afternoon for trying to sell the laptop to a taxi driver.
The fracas over the missing laptop continues, though, with political parties questioning why the illegal government has not made the soft copy of the register available to them, despite official requests.

Khaiyum has admitted the ‘sensitive data’ on the laptop included an electronic copy of the national register of voters and ‘statistical analysis’ of the information.

 
Ghai: Broken after police burnt copies of Constitution.

There is today further condemnation about Khaiyum suggesting the political parties had a hand in the theft and saying the Electoral Commission should not tolerate senior staff engaging in what he claimed were ‘political activities’.

The United Front for a Democratic Fiji says Khaiyum’s interference is unacceptable.
“Chenn Bunn Young and his commissioners must be prepared to rebuff any attempts by the government to dictate to them and control their work.

“As we have previously stated before, the independence and integrity of the Commission was questionable and more so now with this incident.”

The UFDF says the Commission should remember what happened with the constitutional commission led by Kenyan expert, Yash Ghai.

“It complained of massive interference and pressure from both the interim Prime Minister and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum. The commissioners and their staff must resist such interventions.

“They are responsible for conducting a free and fair election, not Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.”

Chenn Bunn Young has told media the theft of the laptop is with the police and an investigation is underway.

He says the theft does not compromise the elections and the employee involved, Rejieli Lasione, has not been dismissed.

Editor’s Note: Is regime interference in newsrooms rearing its ugly head again? A Fiji Times journalist was recently suspended after posting on Facebook about the pay rises for the illegal government and the floods. She has been reinstated but has since been moved to another department. 
Source – C4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM
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