Insecure oppositions new strategies of attack

NFP General Secretary writes a letter of complaint to the Fiji electoral commission, due to yet another breach of a decree by Fiji First. But on a positive note, this just proves that NFP is not forgotten on the opposition’s mind, as it’s clear these cheap shots confirm that NFP is still very much strong competition to keep an eye out for.

The letter is as follows;

We wish to file in very strong terms a formal complaint against the Fiji First Party on their defamatory campaign advertisement, being aired on TV from yesterday on the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, depicting the National Federation Party as Liars “FF” (Fiji First) Liar Ad Campaign).

In a nutshell, the campaign advertisement it is titled “SODELPA, N.F.P and others. Don’t vote for Liars”, under:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiINH3soe6w

It makes false allegations with the voice over about the NFP, inter alia, telling lies in their campaign and when it will get into parliament, asking voters “Don’t vote for Liars” against the words NFP (and SODELPA).

There is no factual (and therefore legal basis) given for the Fiji First Liar Ad Campaign and we ask the Commission to urgently request the General Secretary of the Fiji First Party to withdraw this very serious allegation being made against our party.

This complaint is made pursuant to section 3 of the Electoral Decree 2014 and section 75 of the Constitution that confers on the Electoral Commission (“the Commission”) responsibility for the Conduct of free and fair elections.
We look forward to hearing from you on the decision taken at your earliest convenience.

Yours Sincerely

Kamal Iyer
General Secretary

Link to letter: NFP ELECTORAL COMMISSION COMPLAINT LETTER

Soldiers safety, not Politics

The National Federation Party is calling on the Fiji First Party and its Leader in particular to stop the gutter- level propaganda as reported in today’s (Thursday’s) Fiji Sun newspaper, where he has now come out and used the Golan seizure of our peacekeepers to try and link that to his political campaign and any possible review of his Constitution.

We call on the Fiji First Leader, Voreqe Bainimarama to lead by example as the interim Prime Minister and exercise even more restraint and responsibility in not mixing political rhetoric or his own personal political ambitions with the security issue of the seizure of our 45 peacekeeping soldiers in the Golan Heights last week.

No other political party leader has politicized the Golan crises – and we call on everyone and in particular Fiji First to please keep it that way. The seizure of our soldiers is not anyone’s political football and let us all support the Commander and his officers in the safe release of our peacekeepers.

Let us support and pray for the safe release of our men and support their families as well who are going through such a difficult moment.

The Fiji First Party Leader was reported in today’s Fiji Sun headline written by senior reporter Maika Bolatiki, that political parties were trying to remove the immunity clause in the Constitution and linked that to the Golan crisis.

We also call on the Fiji Sun newspaper in this regard to practice ethical, professional and responsible journalism and do not encourage dissent by proving one-sided and unfounded reporting based on hearsay and innuendos from the person being interviewed.

If anything the NFP and major political parties have provided a manifesto to the people of Fiji where they outline its plans for the future – while Fiji First Party is yet to be transparent and accountable as it has not given the people of Fiji its manifesto – which is a reflection of how it prefers to govern.

Biman Prasad

Leader

September 4, 2014

Alleged incident in Fiji pre-polling referred

Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has confirmed that an alleged incident during yesterday’s pre-polling for the election has been referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The incident involved an elderly couple who have qualified for postal voting whereby ballot papers are delivered by the courier company DHL.

They claim the courier who brought their papers attempted to force them to vote for the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama against their wishes.

The couple subsequently lodged a complaint at the electoral office, and have been interviewed by police.

Mr Saneem says his office has been made aware of the incident, but expressed frustration that the complainant didn’t provide documentation.

“Very uncooperative with us. However having received very little information about the incident, just finding out that there is a possibility that there might be a breach of the electoral decree, we have referred the matter to FICAC (Fiji’s Independent Commission Against Corruption) and FICAC will be taking neccessary actions on this, and I understand that the matter is being investigated by the investigating authorities.”

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/253694/alleged-incident-in-fiji-pre-polling-referred

Over 200 people attend prayer vigil for detained Fijian soldiers

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NFP Party Leader Biman Chand Prasad lighting candles at the peace vigil on Tuesday

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President of the Methodist Church and members of the NFP seated at the Centenary Church.

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NFP’s Dr Eci Nabalarua lighting candles at the vigil.

More than 200 people from all walks of life attended a prayer vigil at the Centenary Church to pray for the 45 Fijian peacekeepers who are currently held captive by the Al Nusra group in Syria.

Tears flowed as the people observed a moment of silence and hold prayers.

President elect of the Methodist Church Reverend Tevita Nawadra said the lighting of the 45 candles and the prayers are to reflect on the safe return of soldiers, be in solidarity with their families and pray for all who serve the cause of the people.

27 years old Nia Waqavonovono, the wife of one of the Fijian soldiers detained said she hopes that her husband will return home safely.

The prayer vigil was attended by members of the Fiji Council of Churches, the Assembly of Christian churches and the wider Christian community and other faith groups.

Also present at the Centenary church were some family and friends of the 45 soldiers, NFP leader Dr Biman Prasad and People’s Democratic Party President Lynda Tabuya.

http://fijivillage.com/news/Over-200-people-attend-prayer-vigil-for-detained-Fijian-soldiers-k9r25s/

Political parties speak out against Bainimaramas statement

Political parties have reacted to the strong statement over the weekend by Fiji First Leader Voreqe Bainimarama that the 2014 Polls will be nothing more than a two party horse race.

Bainimarama had said the real battle is now between his Fiji First party and SODELPA.

Today other parties came out firing saying we will only know for sure, come September 17th.
The Fiji First leaders strong statement that it was now only a two horse race between them and SODELPA has certainly irritated other political players.

“The leader of Fiji First obviously has jumped the gun, the race is not over, we haven’t yet reach the finish line, so we have the next two weeks…and any political leader who’s jumping the Gun is not respecting the wish and will of the voters…so he should wait, respect the will of the voter,” said NFP party leader, Dr Biman Prasad.

As expected, other parties are also confident of their chances.

“We believe, there is certainly some misunderstanding and quite possibly misinformation about ground support. We firmly are of the view that the One Fiji Party is going to compete and compete very well in this elections,” said One Fiji Party leader, Filimoni Vosarogo.

PDP thinks this is nothing more than just political maneuvering.

“Fiji First does not want to have to deal with multiple parties in opposition…so for Frank to talk down the chances of any other parties is really a strategy for him; he wants the people of Fiji to think that its just a two horse race,” said Peoples Democratic Party general secretary, Lynda Tabuya.

Not wanting to be ruled out, political parties say it’s not over, until the final ballot is cast and tallied up.

“This might be the record for NFP in terms of attracting the number of Fijian votes to the party and for one good reason…because we have some of the best indigenous Fijian candidates including the Party President, our women candidates , our men candidates…people of repute, people of intergrity, honesty and a record of service,” Prasad said.

“We are also on the ground, and our support we’ve being talking to people all around the country and we feel it is not going to be just a two way race…its obviously going to be a very exciting election and weare looking forward to occupying seats in the next parliament,” Vosarogo said.

“This is something that we need to address to look at very carefully because this is the beauty of this electoral system is that the voter who vote individuals that have the chances of winning the majority is low..that is the first thing that will happen in this system…and that any coalition formed will be forced to build relationship, to negotiate and compromise with the greater
voting section of the public,” Tabuya said.

http://fijione.tv/political-parties-lash-out-at-bainimarama-statement/

Fiji’s NFP reports confusion over pre-polling

Fiji’s National Federation Party says pre-polling due to start this week is confused, rushed and disorganised and there are voters who still don’t know they are meant to vote before election day.

Elections authorities announced a week ago voting for the September election would take place in remote areas over a ten-day period starting on Wednesday.

The police, military and prisoners are among other voters also allowed to vote during this time.

The NFP’s leader Biman Prasad says he’s spoken to voters at a community near Sigatoka who were not aware they had to place their vote during the pre-polling period.

“The area that I was in last evening is not a remote area. The reason that the people gave there is it’s a flood-prone area so perhaps that was the reason they used. But to me it didn’t sound a very convincing reason to have pre-polling in that area which is very accessible and two or three kilometres from Sigatoka town.”

Dr Prasad say the NFP wants a concerted campaign from the election authorities to ensure all communities in pre-polling areas do not miss out on their chance to vote.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/253478/fiji’s-nfp-reports-confusion-over-pre-polling