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Good candidates get push while Fiji First thug roams free

August 4, 2014

Somebody has drunk the Kool Aid.

Otherwise how could they think the Fiji elections are above board – there are just too many examples of it being otherwise.

Pacific leaders meeting in Palau yesterday agreed to automatically lift Fiji’s suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum, if the September 17 elections are ‘free and fair’.

The decision came after a recommendation from New Zealand Foreign minister, Murray McCully, who reckons all indications are that Fiji’s elections will be democratic.

Clearly, the McCully’s of the world are turning a blind eye to the everyday happenings on the ground that show time and time again there is no transparency in the regime poll.

Just last week the Supervisor of Elections, Saneem Mohammed, ruled the party, One Fiji, couldn’t contest the elections because the name was too similar to Fiji First.

The illegal Attorney General and General Secretary of the Fiji First party, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, was subsequently quoted as saying people could get ‘confused’ because the word ‘One’ is similar to the word ‘First’.

We also now have the case of prominent lawyer and National Federation Party candidate, Makereta Waqavonono, being bundled out of the election process by a last minute change to the Electoral Decree 2014.

Waqavonono, who has been working in Australia for the last 12 months, had applied to the High Court
seeking clarification of s56(2) of the Constitution and s23 of the Electoral Decree on the meaning of ‘ordinarily resident’.

Amended decree as of yesterday

Conveniently, Justice Kamal Kumar said he couldn’t rule on the case – with the regime quickly passing an amendment effectively disqualifying Waqavonono.

This is an outrageous act of desperation from a regime that is terrified of losing power,” says Waqavonovono.

“To add insult to injury, the court orders $3000 court costs against me!”

Nemani Bainivalu update
Fiji media have meanwhile failed to cover the story of Fiji First candidate, Nemani Bainivalu, racially abusing and assaulting a voter during a heated debate at the Wainivula
church hall last week. (see our earlier story)

Bainivalu is being quoted on Fijilive as saying he joined Fiji First to reassure indigenous Fijians that their land is safe.

No mention whatsoever of his outrageous loss of control – just a positive story allowing him to paint himself a hero.

In any other country, Bainivalu would have been charged by police, ditched as a candidate and his party, Fiji First, would have plummeted at the polls.

Romeo – should be in jail and out of the election

Bainivalu has been hailed as a model candidate, but his actions in public, including his Facebook, makes us wonder.

In a picture of him with his wife and sister-in-law he posts “Rua vakadua, ni rau yadua sara tu la na rumu, Moniti eke, Tusiti kea, Vukelulu eke, Lotulevu kea, Vakaraubuka eke, Vakarauwai kea, Siga Tabu cegu caka mada na lotu!”

Translation: “They both have a room each. I go to one on Monday, Tuesday the other, Wednesday the other, Thursday the other, Friday the other, Saturday the other. On Sunday I rest and go to Church.”

source – c4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM
One Comment leave one →
  1. Timoci Gaunavinaka permalink
    August 5, 2014 11:37 AM

    Nemani Bainivalu was sworn upon a few times by the drunken man who after been taken out of the room a few times came back and challenged Bainivalu for a fist fight saying that he is a coward and start swearing at his mother. He got what he deserved.

    Bainivalu talked about land issues because he comes from a Mataqali owning over 3,000 acres of land in Ba. His elder brother Apo looks after their hundreds of acreas of cane farm. I know this because I have been to his house, slept and ate there.

    Qarase and Ro Teimumu talked about land, where is their land ? One comes from a tiny island and the other from the mangroves. None of them knows the value of land or the struggles behind those who use them like Bainivalu.

    You bring baseless gossips showing the true colors of your nature. Why are you guys so scared of the outcome of this election ? This election will show once and for all what people of Fiji really wants. The result of the Democracy you have been crying for will now be opened up loud and clear in your face.

    Last night, Bainivalu campaigned inside Namoli Village (Viliame Satala’s village) and to the surprise of FijiFirst, loud claps of support were coming from everywhare, in the village hall and also outside when Bqainivalu spoke. 5 SODELPA supporters questioned Bainivalu about native land and after he answered them clearly, they stood up and walked out and the rest of the gathering called out loudly, “let them go out.”

    Last week, Satala campaigned at Tavualevu village and called for the youths in the village to come. Despite the turaga-ni-koro calling them three times, only 6 youth came.

    You go all over Lautoka, Rakiraki, Ba, Tavua areas (where I have been), and you will see the support from all races and age groups.

    Bainivalu is going to parliament whether you like or not, and he will be elected by the people.

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