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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:-

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


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


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.”

Over 200 people attend prayer vigil for detained Fijian soldiers


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


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


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.

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.

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.’s-nfp-reports-confusion-over-pre-polling

NFP Calls for nation to keep Fiji’s 43 Peacekeepers in their prayers

NFP President Roko Tupou Draunidalo has called on the nation to remember and pray for its 43 peacekeepers who are in Golan Heights and currently being held captive by rebels, as news of their capture broke this morning in Fiji.

“In moments of anxiety like this when sons and daughters of Fiji are on the frontlines of peacekeeping, their safety and wellbeing becomes the main priority and we urge the nation to keep them in their prayers” said Draunidalo.

Draunidalo also urged that negotiation efforts by both the RFMF and the international community be further intensified so that their safe release be realised sooner.

“Let us also keep the families of our our peacekeepers in our thoughts and prayers and reach out to them in whatever way possible to demonstrate that their honourable duty of peacekeeping is, while thankless, a noble one that Fiji has never shirked from” added Draunidalo.


Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is not a neutral voice and should be cautious in what he says in his different roles. He has compromised himself by holding too many conflicting positions as General secretary for the Fiji First Party, candidate and Attorney General and Minister for Elections. He is not an objective voice.

In the last few days we have read and seen the Minister Responsible for Elections, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, make  statements to the media which cannot remain unchallenged. This is on the electoral process, in relation to the appeals and objections to the Electoral Commission and on the High Court case between the Commission and the Supervisor of Elections.

The NFP further states that he Electoral Commission was correct in seeking independent legal advice, when required, even if this is obtained off-shore. It is preposterous of Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to suggest that the Commission obtain advice from his Chambers, or from the Solicitor General. The Commission must be seen to be independent from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s office, one of which is the office of the Attorney General whose most senior officer is the Solicitor General.

In the past elections, it has been the custom that legal advice from both the Supervisor of Election’s Office and its Commission be sourced from non-government sources – for obvious reasons! This is obviously not apparent to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and we spell it out here – this to ensure there is transparency and independence between the two offices when they make important decisions in the electoral processes.

More importantly, it also protects the offices from charges of bias towards any political party especially in the particular circumstances that we have spelt out. The task of conducting elections is the responsibility of the Commission and the Elections Supervisor, not the Minister for Elections.

We would therefore urge both offices to continue to seek legal opinion as and when the need arises from outside government sources because of the clear conflict and compromised position of the Attorney General and Minister of Elections and the general secretary of Fiji First. We re-iterate that the Supervisor and Electoral Commission must be allowed to perform their constitutional role without any semblance of interference from the current government.

Kamal Iyer

General Secretary



Candidate Numbers Are Out!!

The following three digit numbers represent the NFP candidates representing you in the upcoming general elections. TRUST NFP, VOTE NFP!

Subramani Bal(Bala Dass) No: 137
Reddy Narendra No: 141
Ravulo Emasi Sorokila No: 151
Lata Ansu Vikashni No: 154
Singh Attar No: 155
Koya Siddiq Faizal No: 157
Naituku Simione Vuasevuraki No: 166
Nabalarua Eci Kikau No: 175
Naidu Davendra No: 177
Rae Pramod Kumar No: 186
Nand Satya No: 191
Naidu Latchmaiya No:192
Rabukagaga Kavai Vunidogo No: 193
Singh Raman Pratap No: 199
Ali Khalid Ahmed No: 201
Chand Parmod No: 202
Magan Deven No: 204
Kumar Sunil No: 206
Ratutila Sakiusa Masinivanua No: 207
Draunidalo Roko Tupou Takeiwai Senirewa(President) No: 213
Volatabu Fay Evangeline No: 214
Naicker Sadasivan No: 221
Kumar Rakesh No: 225
Singh Shiromani Priscilla No: 233
Prasad Bimal No: 248
Titoko Semi No: 249
Nand Ragho No: 256
Naidu Dorsami No: 261
Murti Sant Kumari No: 270
Radogo Tuinadave No: 273
Prasad Amrit No. 285
Savea Pino Venasio No: 290
Lote Etonia No: 305
Baravilala Manasa Sumaisuea No: 307
Rafiq Mohammed No: 311
Leawere Senikavika Kelemete No: 316
Ram Bijend Prasad No: 322
Singh Prem No: 324
Raj Bhim No: 326
Sami Jagannath No: 333
San Rainjesh Shayalandra No: 339
Moli Usaia R Ciriwai No: 340
Nabou Leba Seini Lutu No: 341
Chand Anishini No. 343
Prasad Biman Chand (Leader)  – No: 347
Ram Rishi No: 349
Maopa Eroni No: 353
Ratuwara Kalisi Makaba No: 364
Tamani Inia Tubukoso No: 374

Timeline of Fiji’s Current Regime

Election in Fiji on September 17th is a milestone. Since 2006 the country has been led by an undemocratic, unelected regime that calls itself the government of Fiji. In reality, it is a 2-member government. These people have not been selected by the people of this country. They have enforced themselves as the leaders of this country. It is time to move the country forward. It is time to select a democratically elected parliament with people of sound minds who have the potential to serve this country-not a continuation of the dictatorship we have endured for the last 7 years. The deeds of these 2 dictators are many. In case you have forgotten, the following is to remind you of the tortures the country has endured so far:


2006 Nov 1, Fiji’s prime minister (Laisenia Qarase) insisted that his government would not step down despite pressure from the country’s military commander, whose relentless criticism of the administration has raised fears of a possible coup.
(AP, 11/1/06)

2006 Nov 2, Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon warned Fiji’s military commander (Bainimara) against a coup after the commander said that the Pacific island nation could be sliding towards “bloodshed.”
(AFP, 11/2/06)

2006 Nov 5, Fiji’s military, locked in a standoff with the government, accused Australia on of breaching its sovereignty by sending an unspecified number of police it described as mercenaries into the country.
(AP, 11/5/06)

2006 Nov 30, Talks to avert a coup in Fiji were deemed “a failure” by the country’s military commander, who issued a fresh threat that he will quickly move to replace the government if it doesn’t meet his demands. Commodore Frank Bainimarama said that the government had not gone far enough and he set a next day deadline for its capitulation. Bainimarama wants the government to kill legislation that would grant pardons to conspirators in a 2000 coup, and quash two other bills that he says unfairly favor majority indigenous Fijians over the ethnic Indian minority.
(AP, 11/30/06)

2006 Dec 3, Commodore Frank Bainimarama told Fiji One television that he wants PM Laisenia Qarase to resign so the military can name a new government for the South Pacific island nation.
(AP, 12/3/06)

2006 Dec 4, In Fiji soldiers moved against at least two police compounds, seizing weapons in the apparent first step toward taking over the South Pacific island nation.
(AP, 12/4/06)

2006 Dec 5, The military seized control of Fiji after weeks of threats, locking down the capital with armed troops and isolating at home the elected leader whose last-minute pleas for help from foreign forces were rejected. Commodore Frank Bainimarama named Dr. Jona Senilagakali, a military medic with no political experience, as caretaker prime minister and said a full interim government would be appointed next week to see the country through to elections that would restore democracy sometime in the future. PM Laisenia Qarase, who had caved in to all demands, was deposed anyway. Pres. Ratu Josefa Iloilo, refused to rubber-stamp Bainimarama’s “doctrine of necessity.”
(AP, 12/5/06)(Econ, 12/9/06, p.49)

2006 Dec 6, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the ruler who led a coup against Fiji’s elected government, forcibly dissolved the South Pacific island’s parliament, installed a new prime minister and warned that he could use force against dissenters.
(AP, 12/6/06)

2006 Dec 7, Fiji’s newly-imposed premier, Jona Senilagakali (77), admitted the army ouster of the elected government was illegal and that elections could be two years away, but said the nation did not need Western-style democracy.
(AFP, 12/7/06)

2006 Dec 8, The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group announced Fiji is to be immediately suspended from the Commonwealth following a military coup there earlier this week. The Commonwealth of Nations is a successor to the British Empire and brings together some 53 nations, around a third of the world’s countries and a quarter of the world’s population.
(AP, 12/8/06)

2006 Dec 10, The military regime announced a crackdown on critics of Fiji’s coup, just hours after a house that had become a rallying point for those wanting a return to democracy was ransacked by unknown assailants.
(AP, 12/10/06)

2006 Dec 11, Fiji’s military regime banished ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase from the capital and warned that open opposition to the takeover would be met with force.
(AP, 12/11/06)

2007 Jun 14, Fiji’s military ruler said he was expelling New Zealand’s top diplomat, sending already strained relations between the South Pacific nation and one of its biggest neighbors spiraling even lower. Commodore Bainimarama said he had told New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Green to leave because the diplomat would not “stop interfering in Fiji’s domestic affairs.”
(AP, 6/14/07)

2007 Sep 6, Fiji’s military-led government imposed a month long state of emergency, accusing the prime minister who was ousted in a coup last year of seeking to “destabilize” the South Pacific nation.
(AP, 9/7/07)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.46)

2007 Oct 17, Fiji’s coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama pledged to hold elections in early 2009 as Pacific countries welcomed the move and vowed to continue pressing for progress at a regional summit.
(AP, 10/17/07)

2008 Jun 18, A European Union delegation met Fiji’s coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama, seeking assurances that he will stick to a pledge to hold elections to restore democracy by March 2009.
(AP, 6/18/08)

2008 Aug 19, The 39th annual Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) opened in Niue. Members at the 2-day forum agreed to threaten Fiji with suspension unless elections are held as scheduled by March 2009.
(Econ, 8/23/08, p.34)(

2009 Jan 27, Pacific Island leaders gathered in Port Moresby and threatened to expel Fiji from their forum if coup leader Frank Bainimarama fails to announce credible plans for elections.
(Econ, 1/31/09, p.48)(

2009 Apr 9, A court in coup-plagued Fiji declared the military government illegal and said the president should immediately appoint an interim leader to oversee a return to democracy.
(AP, 4/9/09)

2009 Apr 10, Fiji’s Pres. Ratu Josefa Iloilo (88) suspended the constitution of his troubled South Pacific country and fired the judges who had declared its military government illegal.
(AP, 4/10/09)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.44)

2009 Apr 15, Fiji’s military government tightened controls on the media, devalued the currency by 20% and said it would not tolerate opposition to plans for a sweeping overhaul of the country’s politics.
(AP, 4/15/09)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.44)

2009 May 2, South Pacific nations announced that military-ruled Fiji has been suspended from the 16-nation bloc for its rejection of democracy, freedom and human rights.
(SFC, 5/2/09, p.A2)

2009 Jul 28, Fiji’s self-appointed PM Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who took power in a bloodless 2006 coup, said aged and ailing President Ratu Josefa Iloilo will retire on July 30.
(AP, 7/28/09)

2009 Aug, In Fiji Laisenia Qarase and Mahendra Chaudhry, rivals to military leader Commodore Bainimarama, joined forces against him.
(Econ, 11/14/09, p.53)

2009 Sep 1, The 53-nation Commonwealth says it has suspended Fiji automatically after it failed to respond to a demand to begin restoring democracy to the island nation.
(AP, 9/1/09)

2009 Nov 4, Fiji’s military leader Commodore Bainimarama booted out the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand. He said they were interfering with his efforts to replaced judges he sacked in April. He said relations would be restored only in 2014.
(Econ, 11/14/09, p.53)

2010 Mar 5, Eight Fijian men were sentenced to jail terms of three to seven years for their roles in a 2007 plot to assassinate the armed forces chief Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the island nation’s prime minister, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 2006.
(AP, 3/5/10)

2010 Oct, Roko Tevita Uluilakeb Mara, the commander of Fiji’s biggest regiment, was suspended and soon fled to Tonga. Mara was the youngest son of founding father Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. From Tonga he denounced the Fiji government and called for regime change.
(Econ, 5/21/11, p.43)

2011 Feb 7, Fiji’s former President Ratu Josefa Iloilo (91) died. The tribal chief served as president from 2000 to 2009 and backed the 2006 military takeover of the country.
(AP, 2/17/11)

2012 Jan 6, Fiji’s government stepped back from a promise of a more open society, imposing new controls on public order just a day before it was supposed to lift more than two years of emergency rule.
(AP, 1/6/12)

2012 Jan 7, Fiji’s military rulers officially lifted a state of martial law in place since 2009.
(SSFC, 1/8/12, p.A6)

2012 Mar 9, Kiribati President Anote Tong said that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.
(AP, 3/9/12)

2012 Mar 14, Fiji’s military commander Frank Bainimarama disbanded the Great Council of Chiefs, a leadership tradition on the Pacific island nation since 1875.
(AP, 3/14/12)

2012 Mar 28, Fiji’s military regime said it had seized control of national carrier Air Pacific from Australia’s Qantas because it did not want foreigners to own or control Fijian airlines.
(AFP, 3/28/12)

2012 Aug 3, Fiji’s former PM Laisenia Qarase (71) was sentenced to one year in prison on corruption charges. Qarase was ousted in a 2006 coup.
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.A2)

2012 Dec, A report by the Fiji Constitutional Committee (FCC), appointed last July, was completed but promptly suppressed by security forces.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.41)

2013 Nov 7, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang said China will provide a concessionary loan of up to $1 billion to Pacific island nations to support construction projects in a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for influence. He made the announcement at a forum with Pacific island nations in Guangzhou at a meeting attended by representatives from Micronesia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue and Fiji.
(Reuters, 11/8/13)

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