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New names touted for Fiji election

March 27, 2014

Names are starting to emerge from the rival camp for the elections.
Self-appointed prime minister Frank Bainimarama has announced Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Jiko Luveni, will run in his party – yes, the same party that has yet to muster 5000 supporters and be officially established.
Another one to poke his head out from the woodwork is the illegal health minister, Dr Neil Sharma, who says it’s a ‘distinct possibility’ he will stand.
Police moles say the former police chief, Esala Teleni, is also thinking of fielding his own party, using his brother’s new 50-thousand strong Methodist Church as his support base.
They say Teleni has been wanting to return from China for some time but is in purgatory thanks to being unpopular with the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, who keeps thwarting his return.
The United Front for a Democratic Fiji, meanwhile, says it plans to release a regular list of facts for voters to ‘check’ and see for themselves just how uneven the playing field.

It says the list will expand as the election progresses and people are urged to establish for themselves the TRUTH and decide if the election is in fact being run fairly.

It’s message: “….. Satisfy yourself that it is true and put these questions to candidates and supporters of the regime when they visit.”

FACT CHECK √ – HOW LEVEL IS THE PLAYING FIELD?

PARTICULARS REGIME OPPOSITION
Did your government receive its mandate to govern from the people? NO YES
Were the members of your cabinet elected by the people NO YES
Did your government make public all accounting of government spending NO YES
Was the salary & Allowances of your Cabinet available for public scrutiny NO YES
Have the officials of your party disclosed their Assets and Liabilities NO YES
Can you be sued for making false and defamatory statements of someone NO YES
Are you provided 24 hour security service paid for by taxpayers’ funds YES NO
Do you have unrestricted access and coverage from the Fiji Media YES NO
Do you enjoy immunity protection for any crime you committed since 2006 YES NO
Did you participate in the abrogation of the 1997 constitution YES NO

Source- C4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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