IG gives Working Group three options for Electrol reform

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The Joint Fiji Forum Working Group today heard from the interim government about how it proposes to proceed with electoral reforms before the 2009 elections.

Interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told the forum the interim government didn’t want elections on the current system but through the one person, one vote system.

The interim regime has now come up with three options on how the reforms could be implemented.

The interim government this morning revealed its plans on how it will proceed with the possible elections in 2009.

The Interim A-G told the working group members the interim government’s election timeline was yet to be finalised.

He said this would depend on progress of the electoral reform process over the next few months.

For now, there are three options.

While the forum hasn’t yet taken a stand on this, Eafeare says any changes to the electoral system can only be done with wide political consultation.

The Working Group chairman says if there’s an agreement amongst all stakeholders that Electrol reforms should take place, then any delays to the election timeline will have to be allowed.

The working group also noted concerns expressed by the Media Council about the lack of transparency surrounding the deportation of the two publishers.

It’s next meeting will be held on the 3rd of July.

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22 Responses to “IG gives Working Group three options for Electrol reform”

  1. Tim Says:

    “The Working Group chairman says if there’s an agreement amongst all stakeholders that Electrol reforms should take place, then any delays to the election timeline will have to be allowed”.
    Seems pretty obvious the iIG doesn’t consider the Fijian population as “stakeholders”.

  2. FijiGirl Says:

    This entire activity is ENTIRELY ILLEGAL.

    These reforms are ONLY the remit of an elected government which has the mandate of the people, NOT this illegal regime which is forcing its agenda onto the people and keeping them silent through fear and intimidation.

    This illegal regime must be stopped

    God bless Fiji

  3. natewaprince Says:

    Well that sucks,doesn’t it? How about sticking to the damned constitution.I don’t bloody agree with the outcome of this Working Group.

    Yes Tim,how about consulting us.In fact,we’ve already made our views quite clear.This WG is obviously bowing down to this illegal regimes’ illegal stand.The only way they can do this is to act outside the constitution.

    The Slack-arsed one is surely enjoying himself watching his Uni thesis come into fruition.

  4. Talei Says:

    For your info Aiyaz, no one really gives a damn what you regime wants, the MAJORITY really doesn’t give two shits what your illiterate regime wants – that’s because you people have NO mandate from us THE MAJORITY, just your poppycock “presidential mandate” which is NOT above the law of the land.

    There must be a special place in hell for your likes. Isa sa valoloma sara kemodou.

    It is time to up the ante folks and let our voices be heard all the more, and put extreme pressure on NZ, Aussie , US and EU to squeeze the living daylights out of this illegal regime, so they know that their efforts of “reform” is a major failure because the origins of its motives are EVIL!

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

    Proverbs 29:2

  5. Tim Says:

    Yep, well there are people that think even his thesis wasn’t all his own work. There are things the Working Group won’t be able to overlook without being perceived as complete idiots. They can’t overlook the fact that the consequences of Frank’s actions were made clear to him even BEFORE he staged his ego trip, and that it is he that has not kept to his committments despite whatever the Bandmaster says.

  6. Maqa a Leqa Says:

    These groups like this so-called working group are giving in to this Dictator. How can they bend to this unelected piece of sh.. when they hold the cards being the regional goverments which can make or break this country?

    This working group has no backbone if you ask me!

  7. Anne Says:

    Lets face it: All the working groups, consultation meetings, councils, political fora, UN and Commonwealth involvement, even Rajendra Chodo’s row with his brother Parmesh, everything we see and hear from the junta are stage managed distractions that are designed to do one thing: Allow the regime to stay in power and hoodwink us not to do anything bout it. There will be no elections until the junta is confident that they can be rigged to keep them in power. Lets follow Beddoes call for protests now. Then we will see if we are considered stakeholders or not.

  8. Striker Says:

    A bad mistake if this IG thinks it can unilaterally impose a new voting system. Even worse, although I shudder to think, I honestly believe there will only be havoc if elections are not held within the stipulated time-frame.

  9. george of sydney Says:

    Ok guys lets look at it this way. The best indication of what can happen if the proposed electoral system (one vote one value) as recommended by the puppet Ayarse and his bunch of illegals is the :-
    1)result of the national seats in the 1982 & 1987 elections
    2)result of the 2000 election

    In the 1987 election, as everybody would understand, everybody irrespective of race, colour or creed votes for 2 candidates (one of each major races) on the national seats. The result was clear and somewhat predictable. It all depends on the number of registered voters of both major races in the electoral roll. If majority are Indians, then the NFP-Labour Coalition will win. If majority are Fijians then the Alliance party will definitely wins. While the Fijians had another party (Fiji Nationalist party) contesting, they were splitting the Fijian votes while the Indians voters concentrated all their votes to their coalition candidate. As a result, the NFP-Labour coalition won.
    A good example of this was when Ratu Penaia lost the national seat (that covers his own province) to captain Atunaisa Maitoga of the NFP in 1982 or 1977 election. He had to re-enter parliament competing in a communal seat from a different area. Captain Maitoga won because of the Indian votes. It clearly showed that voters do not care about your status, reputation or contribution to the community or state, it just depend on which party you represent. There were plenty other election results during those elections that were won in the same manner. One thing we have to remember is that Fiji is made up of two major races of about equal numbers and as voters have shown in the past, the majority will always align themselves to the party which is supported by their ethnic leaders.
    In the 2000 election, SVT lost because it had a coalition with the NFP. Chodary blamed the NFP for uniting with Rabukas SVT party, the men who had prevously overthrow an Indian dominated government which resulted in NFP and SVT losing the Indian support.
    The country is not yet ready for the one vote one value system of voting. The current preferential system is much better because it forces the parties of the 2 major races to merge and learn to work together. They will the set a good working platform to built up the love and trust that is required to see each other as one people. At the same time there should be sharing and compromises so that there is equal representation in all the important sectors of the country such as Education, Business, Sports and others.
    It would take time but eventually it will eventuate if proper initiatives and programs are put in place to archive it.
    At the moment lets keep the current system. By the way where are they going to get the funds to implement a new one. Aiarse and Chodo as they always say, SA VAKA ME QAI MATATA TIKO GA MAI NA MATA NI MEKE LUVAWALE QO.
    SA DRI YANI

  10. Groggymaster Says:

    In the 2000 elections, many Indian voters punished the NFP for aligning with the 1987 coup perpetrators.
    The next elections the Fijians will punish the party/parties that supported this illegal regime.

  11. Budhau Says:

    Groggymaster – did you know that the before the NFP aligned with Rabuka, it was the FLP that had supported Rabuka and Company.

    So before you come up with this over simplified explanations – why don’t do a little bit more research.

    Fijians should vote for people who are working for their best interest – not some political party endorsed by the GCC.

    George of Sydney – so one of your big chiefs lost an election on a national ticket – that is why they need these communal seats – for the chiefs to use it as a power base. You need people like Captain Mataitonga to take on the chiefs.

    BTW – your history lesson for the day – it was the Indians who wanted to make the Captain the PM back then when NFP won – and it was Tora who supported Koya for PM – and that same Tora who asked how can a son of a Girmitiya be the PM when Chaudary got elected PM – So Tora supports Koya for PM over a Fijian and then turns around and says that we can not have an Indian PM.

  12. Islander Says:

    One man, one vote systems is way to easy to manipulate anc compromise. No wonder the IG wants this.

  13. kuku Says:

    I really don’t care one man one vote or first past the post, lets get it on!These yavu luveni sala will destroy us if we don’t start something? I say give me the gun man, i need to shoot some of these bastard in the a-s-s! God, to bad the Fijian nationalist is not as active with their Fijian nationalism as they were once? I wonder if they requires financial help and i think i have enough eggs in other baskets to donate to them. Anyone knows their address please put it up here as i want to send them whatever they want and need in order to fight these bastards?

  14. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ Budhau,

    there you go again with your big mouth. Are you going to do as I asked to criticise people in the Daily Papers, using your own name to see whether you can ‘talk the talk and walk the walk’ or continue to ‘lecture’ here behind a veil, as mister know it all?

    As for your criticising Groggymaster, so what if FLP supported SVT before it went into coalition with the NFP. The fact is, Groggymaster’s point that both the SVT and the NFP suffered a backlash from their own communities because they were perceived to have sold out to the other in 1999, is true.

    FLP may have supported the SVT as you say, but they didn’t suffer any backlash, which the NFP did from their own members, which was Groggymasters point.

    Watch the lip Budhau. Sa sika sivia na nomu weli.

  15. Frida Says:

    Why is the illegal ag saying that the election timeline was yet to be finalised? Where did the puppet get March 2009 from – they gave us the end of the line but they have to work out activities they need to be able to implement the election.

    They should just run the election whether it is one man one vote or first past the vote – just let us elect our leaders.

  16. Save the Sheep Says:

    Forgive my ignorance but isn’t what Ayaz the Augmentor proposing outside the 1997 Constitution?

    And hasn’t the President expressly supported the coup provided that it lives within the confines of the 1997 Constitution?

    So then isn’t the interim A.G. committing treason? Again?

  17. Navosavakadua Says:

    I can never be sure whether the Illegal Government that has seized power has a devlishily cunning plan or is stumbling from one self-created crisis to another, with no idea of what it is doing.

    There is no doubt that they are ruining the country. The economy is getting worse every day and there is no hope for the future while Fiji is under a government imposed purely by force of arms with scant respect for the law.

    While the Constituencies Boundaries Commission has proceeded with its work to propose Constituencies for the 71 seats in the House of Representatives, the illegal Attorney General continues to talk about ‘electoral reform’. What kind of double talk is being given to the EU delegation one can only attempt to imagine.

    The IG clowns remind of one of the otd time Ratus I recall who used to pass dud cheques all around town, hoping that someone would help him come up with the money he needed to keep himself out of trouble. Invariably, someone did, or a merchant or two wrote the cheque off to experience and made sure they could avoid the problem in future.

    These clowns are not going to be so lucky. The noose is tightening. The EU has made clear that they will not accept excuses. First it was the charter, now it is the UN/Commonwealth political forum that has been raised as a precondition for elections. When the EU turns off the aid tap, along with Australia and NZ, the illegal regime is going to have start packing the carpet bags and get ready to head for their overseas bank accounts.

  18. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    UN, EU and Commonwealth shoudl not agree to this Forum. The IG will use it as a delaying tactic for the elections.

    Let the elections be held first and then the forum later!…

  19. Peace Pipe Says:

    The pig has tasted power and loves it. As time is running out fast for the next election he is doing all sorts of things to defer and linger onto power for longer than he should. And the pig knows damn well that under the previous electoral system there is every possibility LQ will return and his days are over. Thats why we have all these change of plans and rescinding of promises. They are worried lots. Worried about loss of status, income, perks etc and likely jail term. We all must not give in to this devious pig’s scheming plans. Let’s all unite against this regime. Lets petition or write letters collectively under one banner. Lets gather at Albert park for a tea party on one appointed day and protest against the regime’s broken promises and illegal activities.

  20. Peace Pipe Says:

    The pig has tasted power and loves it. As time is running out fast for the next election he is doing all sorts of things to defer and linger onto power for longer than he should. And the pig knows damn well that under the previous electoral system there is every possibility LQ will return and his days are over. Thats why we have all these change of plans and rescinding of promises. They are worried lots. Worried about loss of status, income, perks etc and likely jail term. We all must not give in to this devious pig’s scheming plans. Let’s all unite against this regime. Lets petition or write letters collectively under one banner. Lets gather at Albert park for a tea party on one appointed day and protest against the regime’s broken promises and illegal activities.

  21. Tui Says:

    @Peace Pipe.
    Exactly what I was thinking. We must make our selves heard and seen. I know it is difficult under the current circumstances, but we must make a stand. Those of you who were around during the time of RFC and WFC will know that I tried organizing this public meeting once at Sukuna Park. Now on the day we were to meet, the MOH had organized some sort of blood drive so there were dozens of police and military people in civilian clothes at the park that day. A few people turned up but you could tell they were too scared to join me in the middle of the park with my white t-shirt, and praying. I had organized a prayer meeting that day during lunch hour.
    Now I am willing to organize this again. This time I need people in Suva and from the West, from the North and East, please, contact the people you know and trust. If you are friends with people in the media, in the NGSO’s with Beddoes, Ratu Filipe, Ro Teimumu, Laisa Digitaki, Virisila, all those who have spoken out in public against the IG, ask them to join. Please let us mobilize. I did approach the SDL office but they were reluctant to let their members join. Fair enough, the orders from LQ was that he did not want to see more bloodshed. I respect that.
    So what is the next step? Remember we must attract the numbers. If you have Indian friends, Chinese neighbors and Pacific Islands roommates, ask them to join the march. Get the whole family and village for Pete’s sake!
    I tell you there is no other way. These people will not listen to logic and reason. They will not abide by the rules of the game, and they have already proven that so many times before. What are we waiting for. Lets put our resources together, lets start planning for the date and venue and lets make sure the media and international community is right there on the spot when we march.
    Someone suggested we have a t/shirt with the SV logo. Well if that is difficult, why not agree on a color like white, and just buy some paint, write the words, “FREE FIJI MOVEMENT” in blue or something similar. Do that at home or work and start disdtributing those t/shirts before the march. Should we start another blogsite just for the march or stick with SV, I’m open to suggestions people.
    Please take this seriously, dream it, meditate on it, live it and believe it! With faith all things are possible! If you want this to happen you will get up, you will stand up, you will shout, FREEDOM FREEDOM, FREE AT LAST!!!
    So how about it?
    For the next week, that is all I will be posting about. When you are ready I will send an email to the SV team and we can take it from there.
    RESPECT, JAH BLESS and have a save weekend!

  22. george of sydney Says:

    Tui,
    Vinaka Komai

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