Well Bloggers, just as we indicated in our previous blog about the Electoral Boundaries Commission, now we have it from the NCBBF – our Electoral system is undemocratic! So what’s new we ask! When the SVT-NFP Coalition lost the General Elections to the FLP in 1999, there was no complaint or allegations of the Electoral system being undemocratic by SVT or NFP, let alone the FLP, so after losing twice to the SDL, Chodo and cronies are seeking to better their chances in the next elections by changing the Electoral system.
Chodo has never forgiven Qarase for beating him twice, especially since Qarase was a political novice compared to him. The removal of communal seats will take away the advantage Fijians previously had and it will also mean the demise of the minority groups because they will not be able to compete with the Fijian and Indian parties, but will be forced to be subordinate to either group to be represented.
The communal seats, despite promoting votes along racial lines, at least guaranteed ethic representations in Parliament, which will now be removed under the ‘1 man 1 vote system’ being promoted by the NCBBF. So which system is more democratic or fair?
What guarantee is there that under the ‘1 man 1 vote system’ voting along racial lines will cease? Nothing whatsoever. Indians will still vote for Indians and Fijians will still vote for Fijians irrespective of the Electoral System in place, so their claim it is undemocratic and unfair is unsubstantiated and will not address the concern they claim this new system will resolve.
SV challenges its bloggers, Vore and almost everyone accepts that Elections will not solve Fiji’s deep rooted problems, but accepts it is the voice of the people. Having said that, then why proceed with these changes at all without Parliament?
SV believes Chodo is trying to change the ground rules for elections in the hope of beating Qarase in the next General Elections and then push through legislation with their numbers in Parliament to regularise all their illegal actions. Any comments?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Update: 3:45PM The National Council for Building a Better Fiji will now take a nationwide consultation on why changes to Fiji’s electoral system is necessary calling the current electoral system is undemocratic.
Proposing a change to Fijis electoral voting system, in a communiqu released today, the Council during its consultation process will be recommending to the people to replace the current Alternative Vote (AV) electoral by a system based on proportional representation and providing for the Open List voting system.
The Council believes that the current system fails to adequately address representation for certain groups like women and small minorities.
In a statement NCBBF said:”The communal representation and voting has contributed to ethnic division and entrenched based politics, which has been detrimental to the national development. That the electoral system is too complex and is a hindrance to the conduct of a free and fair poll.”
The Council has also agreed that the proposed new system be implementated before conducting the next general election.