Fiji changes stance in election deadline: Forum

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

 

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The Forum-Fiji Joint Working Group on the situation in Fiji says the interim government’s position on the deadline for general elections has changed.

The working group says the interim government’s present position on when the next elections in Fiji could be held is a modification of Fiji’s commitments to Forum Leaders and Foreign Ministers to conduct elections by March 2009.

The group made the observation in a statement issued this afternoon following a meeting in Suva last week, attended by senior officials from Australia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu.

The working group noted that the Forum’s response to such a change by Fiji would require further consideration by Forum members at the political level.

Yesterday, interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told a visiting EU group that Fiji may not be able to meet the March 2009 deadline it had agreed to with Forum leaders and foreign ministers last year.

He says the delay could be caused if political leaders are not willing to participate in a public forum to discuss, among other things, changes to the electoral system.

The working group says it has been told by interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that the interim government’s election timetable is yet to be finalized.

Sayed-Khaiyum has told the group this will depend on the progress of the electoral reform process over the next few months.

The working group has reiterated its support for inclusive and meaningful political dialogue over the reforms, emphasising the importance of such dialogue allowing for truly independent discussion without preconditions or preconceived outcomes.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

10 Responses to “Fiji changes stance in election deadline: Forum”

  1. EnufDictatorship Says:

    I have said it already….we cannot wait for UN or Com grp to come…time to MARCH PEACEFULLY ragone with Mr. Beddoes. No more TIME to sit around and WAIT!!!

    The gist of vore\’s thinking is WE DON\’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME, ENOUGH CONSENT, ENOUGH QUORUM TO MOVE FORWARD!

    I say BULL!!!!

    We DO HAVE THE TIME PIPOL! TIME TO MARCH!

    We are ONE OF THE STAKEHOLDERS..SO LET\’S SHOW WHAT KIND OF STAKE WE WANT!

    WRITE! ASK TO MEET THESE DELEGATES!

    MARCH! MARCH ON PEACEFULLY!

    FOR FIJI EVER FIJI..GOD BLESS FIJI
    Fiji may miss election deadline, EU told
    18 JUN 2008
    Fiji may not hold elections in March next year, the interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama told a EU delegation.

    Bainimarama told Fijilive that the high-powered delegation from the European Union visited him today and was informed on the gradual progress on Fiji’s return to parliamentary democracy and the factors that could delay the elections.

    Bainimarama said that one likely source of delay is if all key stakeholders do not take part in the proposed Forum Dialogue process.

    The dialogue process is to be facilitated by the United Nations and Commonwealth Secretariat and will discuss electoral reforms.

    He added that another source of delay is that the UN and the Commonwealth may not be able to get the Forum process fully under way with the urgency and speed that Fiji seeks.

    Bainimarama said it was also unclear at this stage how long the Forum process would take, when it would get under way and whether it will arrive at broad consensus on electoral reform.

    “Our fulfilments to these commitments can only be realised with constructive dialogue and engagement from all interested parties in Fiji, the international community, our bilateral and multi-lateral development partners and the Forum,” he said in a statement.

    “The engagement (with the EU) is illustrative of the interim Government’s firm commitment to find a way forward through ongoing dialogue and consensus building amongst key stakeholders in Fiji,” said Bainimarama.

    The EU delegation is also scheduled to have discussions with interim Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, interim Defence Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau and the interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

    It will also meet with the members of the diplomatic corp, dignitaries, political party representatives and co-chair of National Council for Building a Better Fiji, Archbishop Petero Mataca.

  2. Talei Says:

    Haven’t we got it yet, that Voreqe and his crew are LIARS! Nothing he or his people “promise” can be trusted.

    NZ and Aussie should exert more pressure and tighten the noose around the regimes throat.

  3. Peace Pipe Says:

    Yes Talei this pig is a liar through and through. I earlier on had a little speck of hope that he may just be true about holding the elections as promised. But lately his statements and gestures have solidified his status as a true liar.

    So we now know where we all stand what next? He is adamant in enforcing electoral changes and implementing the charter before elections to overide the constitution. We have to step up our pressure to counter the pigs confirmation of his illegal move against the wishes of the majority of the people.

    Dont know why the pig is doing this. Maybe he is trawling for acceptance of his broken promise and see if the delegation are gullible enough to believe and accept his views. He has been successful so far and getting away with all the illegal actions he has take so far – GCC changes, charter process and opposing Fijians aspirations without any repercussions only lame objections that came muffled and waned.

    I think having tasted power he wants to linger on further. What has the reluctance of people taking part in reforms got to do with delaying election. Just dont have any reform thats all and abide with the wishes of the majority of the people.

    Its time now since March 2009 is now covered in dark clouds.

  4. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Beddoes calling for peaceful protests maybe the spanner in the works for this illegal regime. You see, as long as they call the shots, no one can do anything, but once civil disobedience, such as peaceful protests begin, it will really test their resolve and show the International Political Forum their true colours.

  5. Mark Manning Says:

    The people in this regime have no choice but to try and avoid an election . They know , that the moment a Government has been democratically elected , that their own arses are on the line !
    There’s just no incentive for this regime and it’s supporters to go ahead with one !

  6. at least Says:

    Io ka ni sa tovolea rawa na POWER sa dredre me biuta..Sa rawa tiko kina nona lako i valagi o ira na i lala boci qo..OHH has anyone posted that Leweni’s wife has been promoted to Director..sa yawa I have never heard of any dentist becoming Director..ONly in FIji let alone this illegal BOcis Regime..

  7. Tuks Says:

    Chaudhry must be having the last laugh ppl..he is very much the culprit behind all these. Poor Bainimarama did not realise that he is being used to be the front to meet with the EU delegation whilst Chaudhry and others are giggling away from their rooms and offices realisisng that Voreqe no longer can say no to them. They got by him by the balls all the way and he will be dancing to their tunes all the same….Now that they also have the Band Master from the camp who in charge of their misinformation department..

  8. Talei Says:

    When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

    Proverbs 29:2

  9. natewaprince Says:

    Saw on TV last night the pig meeting with the Methodist delegation at camp.Gauna sara ga ya me ratou cula na daligana me baleta na ka e saga tiko o iratou kaidia qo.

    Ke sega ,me a cula sara nona arse levu.

  10. Striker Says:

    Well its not difficult to figure out. When one’s running from the law and pretending to keep it at the same time, one will keep on pretending and hold on as long as one can to fend off justice. In this case, the suspect has a whole army behind him, which he pays at the people’s expense. There are 3 ways out of this situation:
    1. Negotiate in good faith and arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution
    3. The army executes another coup
    2. Popular uprising against the regime
    Option 1 appears to be the best. But how much good faith can one expect of the pig masking chodo?

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